One of the reasons for the success of Windows 7 was the provision Microsoft made for customers stuck with applications that only run on Windows XP. Windows XP Mode is a free add-on for Windows 7 Professional that runs Windows XP. It can also hide the XP desktop and run individual applications in their own
…continue reading Windows XP Mode hassles for Windows 8 upgraders
Microsoft’s Windows chief Steven Sinofksy has posted details of what file operations look like in Windows 8. There are a few changes, including a consolidated view of all current file operations that lets you pause and resume any of them. You can also click for more details and get a pretty graph.
…continue reading File operations in Windows: the good and the bad, the past and the future
There are reports coming in of Windows 7 install failures causing problems for users. There will always be some failures, but normally there is an easy way to rollback; unfortunately SP1 is making machines unbootable in a number of cases:
I have about 10pc’s in my company. They all failed this morning after the service
…continue reading Windows 7 Service Pack 1 install failures common?
I’ve heard recently from a couple of people who found that accessing SharePoint folders via mapped drives in Windows Explorer had suddenly become very slow – even taking several minutes to open a folder. This is in Windows 7, but the same might (or might not) apply to other versions of Windows.
SharePoint folders in
…continue reading Fixing slow access to SharePoint mapped drives in Windows 7
I wrote a (very) short history of Windows for the Register, focusing on the launch of Windows 1.0 25 years ago.
I used Oracle VirtualBox to run Windows 1.0 under emulation since it more or less works. I found an old floppy with DOS 3.3 since Windows 1.0 does not run on DOS 6.2,
…continue reading 25 years of Windows: triumph and tragedy
I’ve successfully installed Embarcadero RAD Studio XE (including Delphi). I’m running Windows 7 64-bit. On first quitting RAD Studio (which is still called bds.exe – it stands for Borland Development Studio) I got this message:
Fortunately I know exactly what this means. Read here for my earlier explanation. And if I go to
…continue reading Delphi XE still not quite ready for Vista/Windows 7
Today I needed to swap motherboards between a machine running Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and another running 32-bit Windows 7. No need to go into the reason in detail; it’s to do with some testing I’m doing of Hyper-V backup and restore. The boards were similar, both Intel, though one had a Pentium D processor
…continue reading Changing the motherboard under Windows 7
Today I was asked to look at a Toshiba Satellite Pro laptop that would not connect to a wireless network. At least, it connected but there was no internet connectivity. I did the usual ipconfig /all and noticed that everything looked OK on the wireless adapter – IP address, default gateway, DNS servers. Nevertheless it
…continue reading Virtual wi-fi adapter breaks wireless in Windows 7
I recall seeing conversations on Twitter about whether it is worth going to conferences, especially vendor-led ones such as Microsoft’s Mix10 which took place earlier this month. It’s expensive, it’s marketing, and many of the sessions are available for free online soon after they take place.
In that context it’s interesting to see some off-the-cuff
…continue reading Bill Buxton, Windows Phone 7 hits at Mix10, say attendees