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

Go to your Distribution Share (C:\Distribution)
Go into Operating Systems, then find your Vista OS (C:\Distribution\Operating Systems\Windows Vista Business SP1 – 32bit\)
Create a … Read more »

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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 installĀ SQL Server 2005 Express EditionĀ SP2 instead, check out these great … Read more »

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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 aĀ minimumĀ of … Read more »

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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 … Read more »

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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 … Read more »