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Windows 8 Developer Preview

I am writing this post from Windows 8 Developer Preview.  You can get the bits here.

After a successful install and some time to ready myself to the new Metro UI, I have begun installing programs to put this OS to task.  According to the Keynote at the Build Conference this week, this release was made public to test not just the new UI and to begin to create apps, but to test your current Windows 7 apps.  That is the task for this week.

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Windows 8 Preview

Windows 8 is being talked about this week.  Microsoft today released a Windows 8 preview:

“To aid developers in building applications for the new operating system, Microsoft formally opened registration for its new developer conference, BUILD. The conference will take place Sept. 13–16, 2011, in Anaheim, Calif. More information and online registration for BUILD is available at http://www.buildwindows.com.”

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Photo Fuse

In the first two pictures below, both taken in the same location and with the same camera, I will test and write a quick summary of how to use the new ‘Photo Fuse’ function available with Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011, which is just part of Windows Live Essentials 2011, part of Microsoft’s move to cloud based computing all designed specifically for Windows 7.

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Windows 7 – get it now

I have just ordered the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack from Amazon.  The cost was $149.95 and free shipping is available.  This is a limited time offer so get it now.  As I have done so, I will be spending the next few days making sure I have proper backups of my PC’s, download the necessary drivers and up to date programs for Windows 7 so when I do the installs I will be ready to go.  Once I have completed this task, I will do some testing, verifying, etc. and post some family heritage pages of Phil and Lydia’s ancestors.

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Windows 7 Enterprise Tests Underway

I just installed the 90 day trial version of Windows 7 Enterprise x64.  Both x86 and x64 versions are available on Technet now. This is the full RTM version, with a 90 day limit.  It installed flawlessly in about 20 minutes, on the third partition of my second hard drive, leaving the installed OS, Vista Home Premium x86, as is and as should be, adding in a boot selection for the new OS.

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Vista SP2 is here!

I have just downloaded and will be installing today the second service pack (SP2) of Windows Vista.  The installer is available for manual download and will soon be offered by Automatic Updates.  I will report back on any issues, but I do not expect any.  The Service Pack was released to Microsoft’s Technet Community for testing a while back and should have all major bugs worked out.

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Windows 7 RC

I have installed and have been running  the Windows 7 Release Candidate for a few days now.  I also had the Beta version for a few months.  This release candidate is very stable and works well with all my hardware on first boot (as did the Beta).  I have decided that I will use it as my main OS.

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