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Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Windows Server 2008 RC2 Service Pack 1

Microsoft has made Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (and Windows 7 SP1) available on MSDN and TechNet earlier today. They are using the Akamai Download Manager for these, and I was able to download them very quickly with no problems.

They also have slipstream installs that incorporate SP1 into the full product that are available, which is a nice time saver.

There is a single .iso file that includes the x86 and x64 versions of SP1 for Windows 7, and the x64 version of SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2.

I burned the .iso file to a DVD, and then installed it on a fairly fast workstation. The Service Pack installation took 17 minutes to complete on this hardware. I really have to say that fast SSDs rock!

The most interesting new feature in this Service Pack (for Windows Server 2008 R2) is Dynamic Memory, which gives you greater control and flexibility about how Hyper-V allocates and manages memory among your guest VMs. This should let you run more VMs on a Hyper-V Host machine. You can see the differences in Figures 5 and 6, below.

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Figure 1: Initial setup screen

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Figure 2: Setup screen during installation

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Figure 3: Final screen after reboot

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Figure 4: Computer properties after SP1 installation

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Figure 5: Old screen for Memory settings for Hyper-V VM

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Figure 6: New screen for Memory settings for Hyper-V VM

 

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

28 February 2011 3 comments

Windows XP Service Pack 3

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is a free update for Windows XP. SP3 includes all previously released Windows XP updates, including security updates, hotfixes, and select out-of-band releases.

Get ready for Windows XP SP3

Read the Windows XP SP3 overview white paperRead the Windows XP SP3 overview white paper

Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack SP3Steps to take before you install Windows XP SP3

Get Windows XP SP 3 now

The easiest way to update your Windows XP–based PC with SP3 is by using the Windows Update. Just set Windows Update to automatically download important updates and Windows Update will download SP3 when it’s available for your PC.

If you don’t update your PC automatically, download Windows XP SP3 from Windows Update manually.

Download it Windows XP SP3 now from Windows UpdateDownload Windows XP SP3 now from Windows Update

Order the Windows XP SP3 CDOrder the Windows XP SP3 CD

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For IT professionals and developers, get an installation package to download and install on multiple computers on a network. If you’re updating just one computer, please visit Windows Update or order a CD.

Download and deploy Windows XP SP3 to multiple computersDownload and deploy Windows XP SP3 to multiple computers

Free help updating with Windows SP3
Free unlimited installation and compatibility support is available for Windows XP, but only for Windows XP SP3, until April 14, 2009. Chat and e-mail support is available only in the United States and Canada.

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LangOver

LangOver

If you have installed and enabled more than one language on your Windows computer, then LangOver is one freeware application you may want to have on your PC. This app is especially useful for those whose work involves typing documents in alternate languages all through the day.

Lets say you start typing in one language and then realize that you actually wanted it typed in another,. In such a case LangOver will let you make the switch easily. Mind you, LangOver isn’t translation software, it merely performs the language sitch!

Assuming you do have a multilingual working environment and you type some text in Notepad and forget using Alt+Shift, You might notice some gibberish letters getting typed. To fix your text back to English select the entire sentence and hit the shortcut key “F10″. The whole sentence is converted back to English.

LangOver can also be used to convert lowercase characters to uppercase and vice versa. Select the text that you wish to convert and click “Shift + F10″. If your text contains mixed cases then LangOver judges the case of the first character and converts the whole sentence according to it.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

28 February 2011 1 comment

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an important update that includes previously released security, performance, and stability updates for Windows 7.

Installing SP1 helps keepWindows 7 up to date. For more information, see What’s included in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

How to get SP1

The recommended (and easiest) way to get SP1 is to turn on automatic updating inWindows Update in Control Panel, and wait for Windows 7 to notify you that SP1 is ready to install. It takes about 30 minutes to install, and you’ll need to restart your computer about halfway through the installation.

To learn if Windows 7 SP1 is already installed

  • Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.If Service Pack 1 is listed under Windows edition, SP1 is already installed on your computer.

Disk space requirements

Make sure you have enough free disk space to install SP1 (even though much of that space will be reclaimed after the installation). If you need to create free disk space, go to Strategies for freeing disk space on the Windows website.

Installation method Estimated amount of free disk space required
Windows Update
  • x86-based (32-bit): 750 MB
  • x64-based (64-bit): 1050 MB
Downloading SP1 from the Microsoftwebsite
  • x86-based (32-bit): 4100 MB
  • x64-based (64-bit): 7400 MB
Installing SP1 using an installation DVD
  • x86-based (32-bit): 4100 MB
  • x64-based (64-bit): 7400 MB

Download Windows 7 SP1

If you have problems getting the service pack from Windows Update, you can download the SP1 installation package from the Microsoft Download Center, and then install SP1 manually.

  1. Go to the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 download webpage on the Microsoftwebsite, and then click Continue.
  2. Choose either the 32-bit (x86) or the 64-bit (x64) version of SP1 depending on whether you’re running the 32-bit or the 64-bit version of Windows 7, and then click Download.
    • To find out which version you’re running, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-click Computer, and then click Properties. Under System, next to System type, you can view the operating system.
  3. To install SP1 immediately, click Open or Run, and then follow the instructions on your screen. To install SP1 later, click Save and download the installation file to your computer. When you’re ready to install SP1, double-click the file.
  4. On the Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 page, click Next.
  5. Follow the instructions on your screen. Your computer might restart during the installation.
  6. After installation is complete, log on to your computer at the Windows logon prompt. You might see a notification indicating whether the update was successful.
  7. If you disabled your antivirus software, enable it again.

WinSCP

WinSCP

WinSCP is freeware SCP (Secure Copy) client using SSH (Secure Shell). Its main purpose is safe copying files between local and remote computer. Beyond this basic function, it manages some other actions with files. It can do all basic operations with files, such as copying and moving. It also allows you to rename files and folders, create new folders, change properties of files and folders. One of two selectable program interfaces allows user to manage files even on local computer. Most operations can be done recursively for files in folders. WinSCP is also available as a plugin to two file managers, FAR and Servant Salamander.

Features:

  • Integration with Windows (drag&drop, URL, shortcut icons)
  • All common operations with files
  • Support for SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2
  • Batch file scripting and command-line interface
  • Directory synchronization in several semi or fully automatic ways
  • Integrated text editor
  • Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication
  • Integrates with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication
  • Windows Explorer-like and Norton Commander-like interfaces.
  • Optionally stores session information.
  • Optionally supports standalone operation using a configuration file in place of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media
  • Translated into several languages
  • Graphical user interface

OS: Windows All

Licence: Open Source GPL

Hompepage: http://winscp.net/

Download:  http://ufpr.dl.sourceforge.net/project/winscp/WinSCP/4.3.2/winscp432setup.exe

Download (Portable version): http://ufpr.dl.sourceforge.net/project/winscp/WinSCP/4.3.2/winscp432.zip

Windows Essentials Codec Pack

Windows Essentials Codec Pack

Windows Essentials Codec Pack is a collection of the most essential Audio and Video DirectShow Codecs and Filters. With Windows Essentials Codec Pack you should be able to play 99% of all movies and music files that you download off the internet, stay up to date with the latest Codecs with the Audio / Video Codec Update Service, and eliminate the many conflicts and error caused by using multiple codecs to decode the same file types.

W.E.C.P. is designed as a user-friendly near complete solution for all your video and audio needs, with it you can play Audio CDs, DVDs, (S)VCDs and XCDs on the fly, and it adds support for 3GP, AAC, AC3, APE, AVI, DivX, 3ivx, DAT, h.264, x264, Nero Digital, DTS, FLV, FLAC, HD-MOV, MPEG-1/2, M4A, MP3, MP4, MO3, MOD, MKV, OFR, TTA, OGG/OGM, S3M, Vorbis, VOB, XviD, XM, WV, UMX and many more formats so you could play any video / audio file with your favorite DirectShow media player or with the (included) free and wonderful Media Player Classic.

Version:3.3

OS: Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7

Size: 18.1MB

License: Open Source GPL

Homepage: http://www.mediacodec.org/

Download page: http://www.mediacodec.org/WECPSetup.exe

AceMoney Lite

AceMoney Lite

AceMoney è un software per la gestione delle finanze, disponibile in due versioni: una versione a pagamento e la Lite disponibile gratuitamente che si differenza dalla versione a pagamento soltanto nella impossibilità di poter gestire account multipli.

Features:

  • Track your spending habits and see where the money goes. Generate any report by categories or payors/payees, including pie charts. Now you can see at a glance how much you spent on food last month. Find all your withdrawals and deposits by any parameter.
  • Create and manage budgets. The program has more than 100 predefined spending categories. Setup budget limits for every category and track the difference between actual and budgeted values.
  • Track performance of investments. Track 401k, Stock options, Employee Stock Purchase Plans or any other investment activities. You don’t need to enter the stock quotes manually: AceMoney will download them from the net!
  • Do your financial math in multiple currencies. The software supports more than 150 different currencies and automatically downloads their exchange rates from Internet.
  • Enjoy the convenience of on-line banking. Download and import information from on-line banks in QIF and OFX formats. If you run a small business, export to HTML, Text, or CSV formats to generate statements or perform complex statistical analysis.
  • Don’t miss the next deadline for bills. AceMoney takes control over your bills and shows you when they should be paid.
  • Double check. Enjoy the security of password protection of every file, scheduled backups and many other features without having any experience in accounting!
  • Plan debts and mortgage payments. AceMoney provides a loan calculator to plan debt payments and a professional mortgage calculator to estimate future morgage payments if you are planning to purchase real estate.
  • Do e-business with AceMoney. Are you selling goods on eBay Are you in a shareware business Do it with AceMoney! AceMoney automates input of orders coming from PayPal, RegNow, RegSoft, SWReg and Plimus. Read more about this exciting feature here.
  • On top of that, AceMoney is available in English, Dutch, French, Galego, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian, Slovak and Turkish! People all over the world use AceMoney for their personal needs.

OS: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

version: 4.14

License: Freeware

Homepage: http://www.mechcad.net/products/acemoney/index_lite.shtml

Download: http://www.mechcad.net/downloads/AceMoneyLiteSetup.exe


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