Automatically install Windows Updates / Hotfixes when installing Vista

If, like us, you run a BDD or MDT setup in order to install your Operating Systems, this might be useful 🙂

If you’d like to pre-install Vista updates and hotfixes while Vista is installing:

  1. Go to your Distribution Share (C:\Distribution)
  2. Go into Operating Systems, then find your Vista OS (C:\Distribution\Operating Systems\Windows Vista Business SP1 – 32bit\)
  3. Create a new folder in this directory called “update”
  4. Copy all of your Vista Update files (.msu) into this directory
  5. That’s it 🙂 The next time you run a Vista deployment, the updates will be pre-installed!
The same concept applies to installing from a Vista DVD.

Extra tip

If you’d like a list of updates released since Vista SP1, check out this site: http://aaron-kelley.net/downloads/hotfix/

How to make Visual Studio 2005 automatically install SQL Server Express 2005 SP2

As standard, the Visual Studio 2005 setup installs the original SQL Server 2005 Express Edition. In most environments this is highly undesirable – particularly as Vista has “app compatability” issues with the original SQL Express 2005.

If you want to get the Visual Studio setup to install SQL Server 2005 Express Edition SP2 instead, check out these great instructions by Aaron Stebner.

Here’s what I did for reference:

  1. Went to the SQL Express 2005 SP2 download page.
  2. Downloaded both packages.
  3. Navigated to the Visual Studio install share and located the SQL Express installers (\wcu\SSE\).
  4. Renamed the existing installers to *.old
  5. Copied the new installers to the same directory.
  6. All done 🙂
Thanks again Aaron!

Pre-Beta, Win 7 gives 11% extra battery life over Vista

According to Engadget, even in a Pre-Beta state, Win 7 is making great progress

Windows 7 also manages wireless radios better allowing them to drop below 100% power draw while managing the connection. And by tweaking the OS kernel, the CPU can sometimes run at a lower frequency and stay idle longer. This results are a minimum of 11% better battery life for Windows 7 compared to Vista — and we’re still only talking about pre-Beta Windows 7 software, mind you. Nice. 

Nice, indeed 🙂

90% of IT Professionals Don’t Want Vista

ComputerWorldUK has an article discussing the findings of a recent survey by King Research, where it was discovered that 90% of IT Professionals Don’t Want Vista.

Going from my own experience with Vista – poor stability and woeful performance – I’m not surprised about this at all. Maybe – as with XP – SP1 will fix these issues, but until then, I remain unimpressed and unconvinced.

Found via Slashdot

Why did Microsoft neuter Vista’s Disk Defragmenter?

Here’s an FAQ explaining the design decisions surrounding Vista’s new shitty shiny Disk Defragmenter.

OK, so the new I/O and CPU usage stuff is awesome (my favourite feature in Diskeeper), but to completely remove any graphical representation and then remove any progress indication is incredibly short sighted.

Sure, it makes sense to simplify the standard interface and protect general users from the “scary” internals of their OS, but, as the comments say, at least give Power users, or those that might be curious to learn more, the option to see what the hell is happening inside their system!

The more I am exposed to Vista, the harder I grip onto my copy of XP Pro.