What OS are you running?

Windows 7 is available for a couple of weeks now. Are you already running Windows 7? Maybe you are still using Windows Vista, or even Windows XP. I’m curious what OS you’re using right now..please leave your vote! And if you’re not running Windows 7 already, why not? Will you be running Windows 7 in the (near) future? Why not?

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UPDATE : Passed the first Windows 7 MCITP exam!

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When logging into the Prometric Candidate History pages I noticed that I passed the first Windows 7 MCITP exam. I’m not sure if passing this exam gives me a new credential. According to this page in the Microsoft Learning Catalog it should give me a new credential : Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7. But for now, it’s not showing (yet) on my transcript.  For now you still need pass the HDI exam to earn the MCITP Desktop Support Technician 7 credential, but according to this blogpost at the MSLearning blog things can change :-).

UPDATE : Just received an update from one of my sources over at Microsoft Learning. The results of the 71-686 are already at Prometric. Prometric is processing the results as-we-speak and they should pop up on your Prometric Candidate History within 2 weeks from now!

How-To Use : Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

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Buy and Download
If you want Windows 7 you can not only buy the physical media in the store of your choice, but you can also buy (and download) the ISO files at your online Microsoft Store! In an earlier blogpost I described how you can create a bootable USB stick to install Windows 7 from.

To help everybody out who isn’t technical enough to run diskpart and make a bootable usb stick from the command prompt Microsoft created a tool : Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. With this tool the only thing you have to do is to download the ISO and the tool. With a few mouse clicks you create a bootable USB stick from the downloaded ISO file!

Click Read More to see how the tool works!

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Video : Windows 7 in Zevenhuizen

During the Windows 7 deployment in Zevenhuizen Microsoft recorded some nice video’s which they published on their action website. Too bad you’re not able to skip the video, so I decided to upload the video to Youtube! If you take a good look you can even see me in the video (I’m the one at the hairdresser with the brown polo-shirt and in the deployment room which you can see later in the video).

The Story behind Windows7Huizen (Zevenhuizen)

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From today Windows 7 is available in your local computer store (or webshop) or with a new pc. Because Microsoft had a different approach with the development of Windows 7, it’s introduction should also be one of a different kind. This is the story of Windows7Huizen (or in English : Windows7Houses)…

The New Efficiency
With Windows 7 Microsoft brings an operating system to the market which has been tested thoroughly. The development of Windows 7 is for a part based on the feedback and test data of a very varied group of people.

The give you an idea, more then 16.000 online interviews were held to develop the right functionality and, of course, to test it. More then 2600 customers helped Microsoft to research the correct userability of Windows 7. Worldwide over 8 million (!!) people beta-tested Windows 7.

Through the Living with Windows program Microsoft recorded over 40.000 hours of data of customers to understand how they were using the new operating system. In addition user information from more then 200 countries and regions is analyzed to get a insight of how Windows is used in the different countries and cultures (more then 1 billion user sessions!. It seems that a lot of customers opened 14 windows next to each other, which was one of the reasons the way users can switch between windows has changed a lot.

Why Zevenhuizen?
Since Saturday October 17th, 2009 a large part of the town of Zevenhuizen is running Windows 7. With this last step a period of testing in the Netherlands comes to an end. A period in which 260.000 customers tried Windows 7 in the Beta and RC phase and a number of 20 companies who used Windows 7 during their daily work. This makes Windows 7 the most tested operating system ever!

Zevenhuizen is one of 7 cities in the municiplity of Leek. Zevenhuizen also is near highway A7 and (you probably already got this one yourself) there is Seven (Zeven = Seven in English). Theo also told that the 2800 inhabitants of Zevenhuizen are a good reflection of the general Dutch public : They have a lot of entrepreneurs, a couple of schools and enough consumers!

Windows 7 makes the daily tasks easier with the new taskbar, jump lists and the Home Group functionality. For the professional it also brings technology like BitLocker ToGo and Direct Access.

For more info just visit : www.windows.com (or for the Dutch http://www.windows.nl)

You should also check out the Windows7Huizen video!

Windows 7 Worldwide Launch Party Video’s

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The Windows 7 Launch has started. Check out video’s from all the launch events all over the world. Do you have a launch video and uploaded it to youtube? Just leave the link in the commentbox and I’ll post your video here!

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Steve Ballmer Unveils Windows 7 – Watch it LIVE!

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At October 22nd, 2009 Windows 7 officially launches! You can watch the official launch party live at Microsoft.com. The event will be hosted by Steve Ballmer himself and will start at 8am PST (What time in my timezone?).

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Do you want to host your own Windows 7 Launch Party? Check out this Microsoft website for some nice resources

7Huizen : First Global Windows 7 Launch for Consumers

Today at 12:00 sharp the mayor Hoekstra and Theo Rinzema (Microsoft) started the first 7 deployment. It seems that this is the first Global Windows 7 launch for Consumers .

Theo told the people of Zevenhuizen why Microsoft had chosen Zevenhuizen for the first deployment : Zevenhuizen is one of 7 cities in the municiplity of Leek. Zevenhuizen also is near highway A7 and (you probably already got this one yourself) there is Seven (Zeven = Seven in English). Theo also told that the 2800 inhabitants of Zevenhuizen are a good reflection of the general Dutch public : They have a lot of entrepreneurs, a couple of schools and enough consumers!


People are entering the Verenigingsgebouw.

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Not every knows where this is all about. Anybody knows who this is?

 
Mayor Hoekstra and Theo Rinsema (Microsoft NL) held a small speech to start the official deployment of Windows 7.


Of course Showband Concordia from Zevenhuizen was also part of the party.

 
The administration desk where the people of Zevenhuizen could register for a free copy of Windows 7.

Around 14:00 I left Zevenhuizen, so at the moment I can’t tell you if the deployment went successful, but hey it’s Windows 7….not Windows XP or Vista….I can’t imagine that the deployment wouldn’t go well!