Windows Server 2008 and Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 update

Interesting news on The WindowsServer Team blog :

As we’re getting closer to release, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is returning to how it was previously available to Windows Server 2008 customers. Specifically, we are going back to making it available as a separate download that is available to customers at no additional charge. This is how Windows SharePoint Services was available to Windows Server 2003 customers (pre-R2). With the beta and RC0 versions of Windows Server 2008, we offered it in the Windows Server 2008 software. Starting with RC1 and going forward, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 will have to be downloaded separately. Basically, we made this decision to allow customers to most conveniently obtain the technology while allowing Microsoft to have flexibility in the Windows SharePoint Services development process. If you have not looked at WSS 3.0, be sure to download it and peek around. It offers great collaboration, social computing and document management features and provides a rich composite application development platform based on our .NET technologies. The SharePoint team is working hard on great new features and releases that customers will continue to see delivered via download. For more guidance re: installation/evaluation updates, see: http://download.microsoft.com/download/b/9/e/b9e27997-7a8e-493c-b23b-58eeaa3214c8/WSSGuide.doc.

XBOX360 : Leaked Screens Show IPTV And Fall Update

The following is based on rumors, but my heart starts beating faster…IPTV…Yeah. Probably it’s US only (again).

We just learned that Aaron just got his 360 back from Microsoft repair this week. We also know that his dash version isn’t any different than the one that is already out (2.0.5787.0) leading us to believe that his 360 doesn’t have the Fall update. But the new options are definitely related to the IPTV service as more options were discovered in his 360’s settings. Need proof? Check out the four screenshots below!
If the sweet, juicy, rumor friendly screenshots that we just received via our tipster inbox hold any water, then everyone can look forward to IPTV being part of the Fall update. Though, remember kids, this is all filed under the “rumor” tag …
The four screenshots you see in the gallery below were sent to us by tipster Aaron, who says that he turned on his Xbox 360 today and noticed a new TV icon with four text squares in his media blade and was wondering if we knew what it was all about. We investigated and noticed that this new TV icon option wasn’t normal and replaced the “Video Marketplace” option that we see on our dash. The second thing we noticed was that, when hovered over, the description for the mysterious TV icon option reads:

  • Use television services
  • Live & recorded TV
  • On-demand movies
  • Chat while watching TV

Sounds like IPTV options to us. Once clicked, an error message pops up stating that it was “unable to start” and to contact support at www.microsoft.com/tv. That URL will take you to Microsoft’s Mediaroom website … also interesting. So, if everything is legit in these pictures and Aaron doesn’t end up being a Photoshop God, we’re going speculate that this random occurrence is related somehow to the Fall update. The square text boxes, error message and overall un-ready status of the dashboard option all smell of a Fall update that isn’t yet ready for the masses. Maybe Aaron was online at the right moment when an Xbox Live engineer tripped over a cord sending Fall update goodness to his 360. Who knows. We’ll try to get more information about this odd occurrence and ultimately find out if these screens are real and relate to IPTV or the Fall update. Until then, file everything into the rumor section of your brain and give the screenshots a look over.

XBOX 360 IPTV 01 XBOX 360 IPTV 02 XBOX 360 IPTV 03 XBOX 360 IPTV 04

Source : Xbox360FanBoy.com

Update: New Updates for Windows Vista

And again some new updates for Vista came out :

Update : New C.R.S. Update for Windows Vista

Some new updates for Windows Vista are released today. The update improves the compatibility, reliability and stability of Windows Vista.

The update includes the following improvements :

It extends the battery life for mobile devices.

  • It improves the stability of portable computers and of desktop computers that use an uninterruptable power supply (UPS).
  • It improves the reliability of Windows Vista when you open the menu of a startup application.
  • It improves the stability of wireless network services.
  • It shortens the startup time of Windows Vista by using a better timing structure.
  • It shortens the recovery time after Windows Vista experiences a period of inactivity.
  • It shortens the recovery time when you try to exit the Photos screen saver.
  • It improves the stability of Windows PowerShell.

The update also resolves the following issues in Windows Vista

  • A compatibility issue that affects some third-party antivirus software applications.
  • A reliability issue that occurs when a Windows Vista-based computer uses certain network driver configurations.

Download the update for Windows Vista 32bits (KB941649)
Download the update for Windows Vista 64bits (KB941649)

Vista Media Center – (some of the) Live TV problems solved!

Windows Vista

Some of the problems I had with my Windows Vista Media Center are solved!! The reason this message is in English is because I want to share this info not only with the Dutch 🙂

If you have the problems described in the following messages you should install the updates mentioned below :

First I tried to install Windows Vista SP1, but that won’t work on my Dutch Vista Ultimate. Just a few hours after the post about the problem about installing SP1 (and using Live TV on Media Center) a former collegue told me some new Vista updates came out. I downloaded the updates and YESssssss Live TV is working right now. The only problem I still have is that I can’t record and watch TV (through the second tuner). Let’s hope this will also be fixed in a furure update.

So if you have any problems using Live TV on your Windows Vista x64 system, try to install the updates mentioned below (reboot) and I’m almost sure that, if you have the same problems as me, Live TV is working again…

Vista:
KB941229 (x86) (x64)     : This update addresses issues with Media Center for Microsoft Vista.
KB941651 (x86) (x64)     : This is a reliability update. Install this update to improve the reliability of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows Vista in certain scenarios.
KB941600 (x86) (x64)     : This update resolves some reliability issues in the USB core components on the Windows Vista operating system.
KB941649 (x86) (x64) Deze download is alleen beschikbaar voor gebruikers met legale Winodws producten. Klik op het icon voor meer informatie. : This update resolves some compatibility and reliability issues in Windows Vista. By applying this update, you can achieve better reliability and hardware compatibility in various scenarios.

I also posted the updates in my former post, but that post was mostly in Dutch so I post them again for my English friends.

UPDATE : Right now I do have one more problem : Only one tuner is working, so you still can’t watch one channel and record another, but it ‘s a start. Please let me know if you have both tuners working correctly so I can publish the how-to on my blog!

Nieuwe updates voor Windows Vista en Server 2008

Windows Vista

Er zijn weer een aantal update voor Windows Vista (en Server 2008) uitgebracht. Een aantal van deze updates zou ervoor kunnen zorgen dat het probleem wat ik gisteren gemeld heb (eh…..’k heb het al eerder gemeld, maar gisteravond kwam het pas weer ter sprake) opgelost wordt.

Vista:
KB941229 (x86) (x64)     : This update addresses issues with Media Center for Microsoft Vista.
KB941651 (x86) (x64)     : This is a reliability update. Install this update to improve the reliability of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows Vista in certain scenarios.
KB941600 (x86) (x64)     : This update resolves some reliability issues in the USB core components on the Windows Vista operating system.
KB941649 (x86) (x64) Deze download is alleen beschikbaar voor gebruikers met legale Winodws producten. Klik op het icon voor meer informatie. : This update resolves some compatibility and reliability issues in Windows Vista. By applying this update, you can achieve better reliability and hardware compatibility in various scenarios.

Server 2008:
KB942239 (x86) (x64) (IA64): Install this update for Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 to provide the same storage upgrade support that is included with Windows Server 2008 RC0.

Mochten de Windows Vista updates mijn problemen oplossen dan laat ik het even weten (‘k zal dat dan ook gelijk posten op het Hauppauge Forum).

Windows Vista SP1 cannot be installed because it does not apply to your system

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Bovenstaande melding ontving ik nadat ik Windows Vista SP1 wilde installeren. Na wat speurwerk op internet ontdekte ik dat ik alle Regional Settings op United States moest zetten, even rebooten en daarna moet SP1 te installeren zijn.

Ik ga rebooten enneh…daarna probeer ik het nogmaals, maar voor de mensen die tegen hetzelfde probleem aanlopen…ff Regional Settings  aanpassen en gaan met die banaan!

Vista taalpakketten verdwenen van Windows Update

Het was sommige mensen al opgevallen, maar bij Windows Vista Ultimate zijn de taalpakketten verdwenen uit de lijst met updates (bij Windows Update).

Helaas heb ik geen idee wat de reden voor deze beslissing is geweest, maar gelukkig was er bij Channel 9 nog een overzicht van de te downloaden pakketten en hun locaties. Natuurlijk hoeven jullie niet door te klikken, nou ja als je een taalpakket zoekt klik je gewoon op de betreffende taal hieronder.

Windows Vista Ultimate of Enterprise (32bit) Windows Vista Ultimate of Enterprise (64bit)
Chinese (PRC)
Chinese (Hong Kong SAR)
English (US)
Spanish
Swedish
Japanese
Portugese (Brazil)
Norwegian
Dutch
Finnish
French
Russian
German
Danish
Korean
Italian
Chinese (PRC)
Chinese (Hong Kong SAR)
English (US)
Spanish
Swedish
Japanese
Portugese (Brazil)
Norwegian
Dutch
Finnish
French
Russian
German
Danish
Korean
Italian

Mijn dank gaat uit naar Channel 9 voor het initieel vermelden van deze informatie. 🙂

Vista Patches publiek beschikbaar

 Windows Vista Logo

Vorige week lekten ze al uit, maar nu zijn de packages met fixes publiekelijk beschikbaar. De fixes zorgen voor een behoorlijke performanceverbetering!

Update for Windows Vista (32 bit) (KB938979) Deze download is alleen beschikbaar voor gebruikers met legale Winodws producten. Klik op het icon voor meer informatie.
Deze update zorgt voor een verbetering van de performance van Windows Vista.

Update for Windows Vista (32bit) (KB938194) Deze download is alleen beschikbaar voor gebruikers met legale Winodws producten. Klik op het icon voor meer informatie.
Deze update zorgt voor een verbetering van de betrouwbaarheid van Windows Vista.

Update for Windows Vista (64bit) (KB938979) Deze download is alleen beschikbaar voor gebruikers met legale Winodws producten. Klik op het icon voor meer informatie.
Deze update zorgt voor een verbetering van de performance van Windows Vista.

Update for Windows Vista (64bit) (KB938194) Deze download is alleen beschikbaar voor gebruikers met legale Winodws producten. Klik op het icon voor meer informatie.
Deze update zorgt voor een verbetering van de betrouwbaarheid van Windows Vista.

Hotfix aanvragen zonder Microsoft te bellen

Sommige hotfixes zijn alleen beschikbaar als je telefonisch contact opneemt met Microsoft. Tijdens het lezen van een van mijn favo-blogs kwam ik onderstaande link tegen. Via deze link is het mogelijk om zonder contact op te nemen een hotfix te krijgen. Je krijgt binnen een paar uur een e-mail retour met daarin de link van de te downloaden hotfix.

 De blogger in kwestie (Aaron Tiensivu) schreef hierover het volgende :

Short of compiling new programs that take advantage of the new Vista SP1 SDK changes, I don’t know if this new kernel has the new features or not.

I do know that it does fix more than just what is mentioned in this KB article, because my Vista system is running more like my Windows 2008 virtual machines. It seems like it is using less memory and booting faster, but that might just be wishful thinking. Considering that they are 4115 builds apart, it shouldn’t be too surprising.

Check out the KB article here.

You can easily request hotfixes through e-mail by clicking on the ‘Request MS hotfix’ on the left side of my website. It will direct you to a web form on Microsoft’s site that will send you the hotfix you request automagically within 8 business hours.

Please don’t abuse the service though – in the past, it required a phone call to PSS.  

Ik het bovenstaande hotfix aangevraagd (via het formulier) en had binnen een paar uur inderdaad een link in mijn mailbox met daarin de procedure om de hotfix te downloaden. Owja…zou ik zowat vergeten de link te geven via welke  je de hotfix kunt aanvragen –> Request MS Hotfix