Hamad Darwish has released some amazing new desktop wallpapers for your enjoyment and look absolutely stunning on your Windows Vista desktop.  Microsoft contacted Hamad to shoot some photos for wallpapers to include with Windows Vista.  His photos titled Destination and Lost Sensations made it into the final versions of Windows Vista now in stores. 

Download : Hamad's personal website

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Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of six new deployment tools that will help expedite businesses’ migration to Windows Vista™. The recently released tools are

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The final version of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 is now aviable for download.

More info : Microsoft.com
Download : Microsoft.com/downloads

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Steel Run-As helps you in executing audit commands or any kind of application which runs properly when run only with administrator privileges without having to give the user full rights to his machine. For example "Some CD writing" applications run properly only when run in administrator mode or with any other username with those credentials. Steel Run-As lets you give access to the user to run that application with administrator credentials without making him into a administrator equivalent account

Steel Run-As supports file CRC checking. This ensures the credibility of the target program. Misuse of the targeted program is not allowed.

Steel Run-As outputs a single executable ".exe" and does not need any installation in the target machine. Steel Run-As also doesn't need any extension through command line.

Steel Run-As is a Freeware! and has no restrictions what so ever like ever!.

Download : steelsonic.com

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Today Microsoft provided updates that will give enterprises the ability to run KMS on any Windows Server 2003 (SP1 or later) machine.

UPDATE: Microsoft has made a significant change that will affect many enterprise customers.  This update will not activate machines if running inside a virtual machine.  This bucks the growing industry trend of virtualization for all classes of servers. In an effort to reduce piracy they are again punishing the very customers it is designed to protect.

For more information on Volume Activation 2.0 visit this site.

Download: KMS on W2K3 SP1 (x86) | KMS on W2K3 SP1 (x64)

Source : MSTN

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There's a new way to enhance your cache in Vista - simply plug in your Flash memory stick. But how much performance gain can you really expect? TG Daily ran an average PC through a benchmark parcours and discovered that the old rules still apply: There is no substitute for an adequate amount of system memory. Period.

Read the article : www.tgdaily.com 

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Jim Allchin has a good post on Offline Files (or as we call it Offline Folders) in Vista on the Windows Vista Team Blog.

Read it : windowsvistablog.com

You can also find a good series of post on the Filing Cabinet Blog :

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Amnesty™ Generator for Vista

Easily convert millions of web widgets, games and videos – designed to live on home pages, blogs or MySpace – into gadgets for your Sidebar. If you like widgets on the web, you’ll love them on your Sidebar.

Very cool !

Source : amnesty.mesadynamics.com

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InnoTek VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU Public License (GPL). See "About VirtualBox" for an introduction.

Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows and Linux 32-bit hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD.

Ref : www.virtualbox.org

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WMIDiag.vbs is a VBScript script designed to help you ascertain the current state of the WMI service on a computer. The download package includes the utility itself, a ReadMe file that discusses how the tool works (and how to best use it), and sample spreadsheets that provide information about the default WMI configuration on various versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Source : Microsoft.com/downloads

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The Windows Resource Kit tool Moveuser.exe is incompatible with Windows Vista. In earlier versions of Windows, Moveuser.exe is used to map an existing local user account profile to a new domain profile when a computer in a workgroup is joined to a domain. Alternatively the tool can also used to map an existing domain account profile to another new domain account profile. However, you cannot use the Moveuser.exe tool to perform these tasks on a Windows Vista-based computer.

After you install the update that is described in this article, the User Profile Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) provider (Win32_UserProfile) is added in Windows Vista. This User Profile WMI provider replaces Moveuser.exe in Windows Vista. The new User Profile WMI provider can be used to map an existing local account profile to a new domain based account. It can also be used to map an existing domain-based account profile to a new domain-based account profile.

Source : Bink.nu

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Use the intuitive wizard-driven interface of VMware Converter to convert your physical machines to virtual machines. VMware Converter quickly converts Microsoft Windows based physical machines and third party image formats to VMware virtual machines

Source : vmware.com

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When you install without a product key, you get an automatic 30 day evaluation period.* This probably isn't news to anyone.

What may be news to you, however, is that you can easily extend the 30-day Windows Vista grace period to 120 days. No hacks required. This is an official, supported operation directly from Microsoft.

Source : CodingHorror.com

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