Windows

A 15-post collection

Windows 7 Shutdown Options

A couple of years back when Windows Vista came out I blogged about the several Windows Vista Shutdown options that were available back then after reading an article on Joel Spolsky’s blog. It’s really great to see that a suggestion I had back then on a possible solution to this problem has actually been incorporated in Windows 7! I may not have been the only person who though of this but hey I did think about it and now it exists as a feature! Here’s a snippet from what I wrote back in January 2007 *“So Microsoft here is my suggestion, I would like to be able to do something like this, right click the sleep button,...

Windows Vista Shutdown Options

Here goes my first post in 2007. Happy New Year to you all. I was recently reading this post on Joel Spolsky’s blog about the number of shutdown options available in Windows Vista. Even though they are quite a few and can be narrowed down like he suggests. I thinkI have a better idea! I have been using Vista for almost a year now but for some reason I never thought about this. But for me I tend to shut down my computer most of the time if I’m not using it and to do so I always have to bring up the start menu point the arrow to the shut down option, and now I think...

Vista goes RTM

Vista has finally arrived! See hereand here...

Back on Vista

I’m finally back up and running again on Vista with only a few more software to install. I’ve gone through a PC rebuild recently mainly because I needed a new Hard Disk. It feels good to be back on Vista. I’m on build 5472 which makes me one build behind now. It’s hard to catch up with the downloads! and I decided I’ll wait for RC1 before my next upgrade. Here are some of my thoughts. – Installation time felt a little long still. From start to finish took a little over an hour. – The non AERO UI in this build is much more appealing than the older greyish one, however, it feels like it doest...

Vista Security Dialogs

So have you been using Vista for a while now and are sick of all those security dialog warnings from UAC. Well you can change that and disable warnings on things you know you executed hence reducing the habbit of auto-clicking continue. Mauricio posts onhow to do this. Nice…...

Visual Studio 2005,WinFX,ASP.NET 2 on Windows Vista. It all works!

I’ve previously blogged about having some trouble getting ASP.NET and IIS working on Windows Vista. I dont know if I was doing something wrong when trying to set them up, but I had trouble with Vista Builds 5308 and 5342. On the first I couldnt even get IIS to install and on the second I managed to get IIS setup but had problems with building and running ASP.NET 2 applications. Well now I’ve got Windows Vista Beta 2 installed on my machine and I installed VS, WinFX Beta2..etc yesterday and it all finally works… Time for some real playing with development on Vista....

Windows Vista: The User Experience...

Following on from my previous post about the new changes in Microsoft Office and Windows Vista. The post by Leonie proves my point. When you are soo used to something it is hard to change to something new. So the question is, will this major change push people away from Windows? While it provided a good incentive for Nic and Leonie to consider a MacBook. I think the answer is still ‘No’. For the normal user it is no becauseagain the problem of learning something different. Now for Leonie maybe she already uses Mac so the transition will not be painful. But for others (someone who never or rarelyused a mac) I think it will be less effort...

Vista and Office some thoughts...

I dont know if this is just me. But I ran into something yesterday that got me thinkinig. Now the new Windows Vista and Office systems have changed massively since their previous versions and part of that change is for the purpose of improving usability. Now raises a few questions. I am sure that all of you will agree that the changes in the new versions are significant (I’m only talking about UIstuff here) such as the introduction of the Office Ribbon and the getting rid of the menus thing. I think this pauses a major problem for the average user of both systems (Resistance to change). Put it this way, after using the office system for instance...

Is your pc Vista Ready or Premium Vista Ready?

If you are not sure whether or not your pc hardware can utilize the full potential of Vista. The hardware requirements have been specified here.When I first installed Vista a couple of months ago I was missing the AERO graphics as my Video Card did not support WDDM … but I couldn’t resist not having it showing so I went and bought a new graphics card. Hopefully not many people will need to do that!...

Windows Vista Issues...

It’s been a while since I last posted but here I am posting again. I’ve deliberately delayed posting till I get something done (which I still cant do) but now decided to post anyway. I’ve been using Windows Vista now since build 5308 was out and as I mentioned in some of my previous posts I am generally very happy with my experiences. Recently I’ve tried to setup WinFX, VS 2005 …etc on Vista and here is where I am having some very annoying issues. I can get WinFX working just fine on Vista but ASP.NET just doesnt like me, on build 5308 I failed several times to get IIS7 installed but after I installed...