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Ten Things IT Professionals Should Know About Windows 7

Enhanced Application compatibility
Hardware compatibility and requirements
Better Together with Windows Server 2008
Extend data encryption to removable media
Control the application portfolio available to end users
Automate routine tasks with powerful scripting
Troubleshoot faster and more effectively
Create, deploy, and manage images more efficiently
Easier migration of user data and profiles
Improve user productivity in branch offices.

For further reading…

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Bdotnet Windows 7 Launch Event – UG Meet

We had done lots of advertising and planning by 6th Evening for the Windows 7 Day at Bdotnet UG meet. However, we did not have any presentation intact till then. We decided to meet up by 9.00 AM at Vic’s office to work on the presentation and to sequence the session. Guess what, I was late to his office and I reached his office around 12.00 noon. We started creating the presentation content for the session and it all started with the title slider…Windows 7 “On the Rocks”. Our whole idea of doing this session was to give a “Wow” experience to all the attendees. We wanted to cover some not-so-common features, but which can play a major role in the day-day lives of End user, Administrator and a Developer. With all this is mind, we gave a broader picture of the session as “Transitional Approach of Windows from “providing UI to UX” and “w.r.t easing the developing and the deploying challenges”. Also, we wanted to explain the improvements which were identified, and how is it being addressed in this version of Windows. Time just passed, discussing on the session; it was 3.30 PM and we headed to EGL office.  We were the first ones to reach the office and we wondered if we are goanna’ have few more guys joining it… Slowly attendees started walking in and we had 30 in the session. We gave a delayed start for session by 15 mins and Vic started the proceedings explaining the journey of Windows from 1.01 till 7.


I pitched in and started addressing the Myths of UAC. Trust me; UAC is not all that bad. It’s just as giving a shoes to someone who is used to walk barefooted. I showcased some statistical data which proved that, UAC has helped lives for many of the machines and it has improved the way applications are made and built. Then we went thorough various UAC annoying points in Vista like Duplicated prompts, Need for optimized controls and messages etc. Then, I explained on the enhancements of UAC in Windows 7 and how better it reaches out to all the concerns and provides effective end user Experience.


Just went about addressing the Application lifecycle experience from a Developer/ IT Pro and an end user viewpoint & identified ways with which these issues can be tackled with effective use of Standard User developer principles for Windows 7. Addressing the challenges in Application Installations on Vista, I gave details on the enhancements which are made to Windows Installer 5.0 and Application Patching methodologies in Win 7. Also, Emphasized on Multi-Package Installer and per-user application deployment scenarios.., where there is minimal or no UAC while deployment and while using the application.


This was too much of serious talking and that’s when Vic came in with speaking on some less talked, lesser known natively supported features of Windows 7 like proximity, light sensitivity, accelerometer, global positioning along with cool demos. The examples given for this cause like fuel saving, ATM Display etc were just thought provoking.  You can check more on this at Vic’s blog. It was great to have Vic presenting with me. I had never seen him speak in a session before and it was just awesome to see him preach. I now understand how an Evangelist does his job. It was a good learning session for an aspiring evangelist like me.


Windows 7 Day at BdotNetFinally, there was a Q/A slide… Hey, wait a min. We did not let the attendees ask questions. Instead, we asked questions to them. We gave sample scenarios and asked them, how they could have done it in Legacy OS VISTA/XP. This is where we showcased Windows 7 UX capabilities’.


We almost spoke for 3 hours. Windows 7 had so much of features; we just didn’t have time to speak about it. Indeed, we gave a lot of homework as well.  It was great to see, attendees receiving our session very well and feedbacks of 9 in almost all the forms. Also, we had 27 till the last moment even when there was No AC working, and not enough seats.


We gave a copy of Windows 7(beta) to all the attendees and had a good gag with everyone after the session. 

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Special discount scheme – Microsoft Certifications

I have got a special discount scheme to benefits our networks towards Microsoft Certifications.

Till March 31, 2009, you can use this Promotion Code (Unique MVP Certification Promotion Code: INEFD6AA) to obtain a Microsoft Certification Exam Voucher Code at a 10% discount and free retake offer. The Exam Voucher Code is valid for exams taken by May 31, 2009 in India. Note that the limited time offer is valid for Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) exams only.

Steps to Follow: You can then go to using the code to obtain a Microsoft Exam Discount Voucher which provides a 10% discount and a free retake for exam taken till May 31, 2009. The site will be up till March 31, 2009. Individuals must quote the Exam Discount Voucher Code to Prometric or Testing Center at point of scheduling the exam in order to enjoy the discount. This is limited to one voucher per individual.

Do mail me if you have any clarifications.

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Windows 7 -Beta Download Links

As you know Windows 7 public beta has been released but Microsoft server is too much busy and no one is able to download it.

That’s why we are posting direct download links to the official ISO images of Windows 7 public beta.

Download Windows 7 Public Beta ISO (32-bit)
Download Windows 7 Public Beta ISO (64-bit)

Remember its available for a limited time only, so grab your copy as fast as you can. Also you’ll need to burn the image. You can upgrade to Windows 7 Beta from Vista SP1.

And you can get Product keys using following links:

Get Product Key for 32-bit
Get Product Key for 64-bit

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Windows 7 SKUs – Different Editions

Microsoft announced Windows 7 SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) strategy and Windows 7 has got these below 6 editions.

  1. Windows 7 Starter
  2. Windows 7 Home Basic
  3. Windows 7 Home Premium
  4. Windows 7 Professional
  5. Windows 7 Enterprise and
  6. Windows 7 Ultimate

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Packaging and deploying applications for Windows Mobile

Here is a noteworthy blog which explains on Packaging and deploying applications for Windows Mobile..

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Different Levels of Presentations in Microsoft Public Conferences

Last week it was discussed, that only Level 200 or above presentations will be encouraged in the South Asia MVP Summit 2008. Initially, I was a bit perplexed on the levels of Presentation. That’s when; Abhishek gave me this information which describes on the various levels of presentation.

Level 100 (introductory):
   Overviews of product and technology features, functions and benefits 
   Details of new product features, how will they benefit customers and convince them that they need to buy this product
   The functions of the product and an example of how they are used in a real world environment
   The benefits of the product and any case studies that show how they assisted a customer
   Product requirements and other integration information. 
  Level 200 (intermediate):
   Specific product and technology technical information
   Drilling into architecture, integration and configuration (what makes the feature tick)
   Supportability reviews
   Code samples
   Best practices
   High-level troubleshooting techniques
   Known limitations and issues. 
 Level 300 (experienced):
   Product migration, deployment, architecture, development
   Drilling into how a product and its technology is designed to be deployed, migration, etc and focusing on how it is actually deployed
   Real world examples as appropriate
   Complex coding, known issues and work-arounds (sample code/examples)
   Lessons learned, both positive and negative
   Sample migration plans including sample project plans
   Deployment case studies
   Architecture design best practices and case studies. 
 Level 400 (advanced expert):
   Custom code, scripts, application solution development, architect infrastructure designs and solutions
   Advanced coding considerations and challenges
   Design considerations and challenges
   Architecture considerations and challenges
   Troubleshooting techniques at the debugging level.

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My MVP Letter !!!

I just got my MVP letter today. After reading this.., it makes me feel that I have achieved something really BIG!!!!
I have managed to take a picture of that using my mobile to put it on my blog. Read through it..,


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Mis-understood Features of Windows Vista

This is a very good article to understand Windows Vista better. There are lot more to talk about. Once you go through that article, I believe your complains would be reduced for sure !!!!

You can obtain the article from here

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My MVP certificate !!!

Here’s the photograph of my certificate..


And this is my identification card for the next year…


These would remain one of my most favoured possessions for sure!!!