Power Up! The Philippine Windows 7 RC LoadFest!

 

Thanks for attending the Philippine Windows 7 RC load fest by the Philippine Windows Users Group at 6750 Ayala Ave in Microsoft Philippines last June 20 2009. We had a huge number of turnouts for both morning and afternoon sessions!

 

We had a very full house, more than we can expect actually and we had to thank every body for attending and supporting the event. Ralph and Liezl from Microsoft Philippines gave the welcome remarks on both session venues, we had to have 2 session venues to even accommodate the participants in this event.

   

We gave a couple of sessions like on this session about 7 Tips and Tricks for Windows 7.

 

The registration was done on the lobby and since its a whole day event, participants come and go, many thanks to the volunteers from PHIWUG that took care of the registration, ushering and the usual smiles 😀

 

Registration, registration and more people people and more laptops! phew!! its a really big event!

Its Terrence’s turn on his sessions about installing Windows 7 from a USB drive or Stick. I asked him, why? He told me a number of reasons why would you do that. Besides its very geeky and all, its because there is now an ongoing trend that notebooks and netbooks that are being released (specially in Philippine market) that does not have optical media reader installed!

Another round of (Deck #2) of Windows 7 Tips and Tricks!

 

Kuya Tony Boy, did his bitlocker presentation. This is one of the most useful out of the box feature that I really liked about W7!

Whole day, Keen Robante of PHIWUG hosted a game show called Windows 7 Ka Na Ba? (Came from the famous Philippine Game Show hosted by none other than Kris Aquino: Game Ka Na Ba? – Game Na!!!) The installation guys from the booth enjoyed this as well! This is really awwwwsome keen!

 

Christopher Misola from PHIWUG brought his very geeky science project! Hey its a multi touch surface. What he has done was a demo on Surface, Multi touch feature of Windows 7.

Hey Chris, what do you say I borrow that for our office? I have the WPF SDK’s here, wanna do a science project? 😀

 

 

Guest brings their laptops in our WDS / install booth to be loaded of Windows 7 RC.

To accommodate all of the laptops that will be coming in, PHIWUG used WDS in this event from 2 HP machines that run Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise!

 

Someone had to bring a MAC in the Load Fest and she was asking us if we can REPLACE the operating system to WINDOWS 7!!

 

More pictures on breakout sessions and other pagala gala paparazzi moments.

 

THE EVENT INSTALLATION RECORD HOLDER: 14 Minutes!

This guy brought his ASUS gaming laptop and asked us to install a 64 bit copy of Windows 7. Including installation and setup steps, the laptop completed a fresh installation in just 14 Minutes!

Dude, you have one hard core machine!!

We timed every installation that we did over our WDS server or with an optical media and yes, Windows 7 installs faster than Vista.

 

  

 

Back to the session on the 3rd Deck of 7 tips and tricks! Oh yes we bought more bags of tips and tricks that can fill almost every session 😀

 

   

Thanks by the way to Faelmar for his nicest intro’s and being also a resource person that is always available during events.

Jay-R needs some sleep 😀

 

 

 

Next is Terrence again on his installing Windows 7 from a USB device on the afternoon sessions and I have to enlarge, nobody noticed it but when we attended his session and saw his desktop, man! What happened to the Fish?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Microsoft Philippines for their usual and a very very solid support to PHIWUG and to this Load Fest event like every event and activity that we did. and hey congrats to the winners of Vista Ultimate that was raffled after the event.

 

 

More Pictures from Jeo’s Multiply for higher resolution photos

Also on Face Book 😀

 

  

Preparing for the Windows 7 Load Fest : WDS and Multi Touch

We are expecting hundreds of people registering their laptops for the load fest and like any other Windows deployment scenario that would require to install hundreds of machine in a single day, we have chosen to use Windows Deployment Service or WDS. Its a built in Server Role in Windows Server 2008 that enables us to boot from network and install Windows OS thru it. Fortunately for PHIWUG that there is a WDS or else we would need a lot of DVD drives next week 😀

So checkout WDS in TechNet here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771670(WS.10).aspx

 

For the event we will be using 2 superfast HP machines that runs Windows Server 2008 R2!

While waiting for the DCPromo and the WDS Role to complete there are some activity going on at the side, like me thinking about what if my boss allowed me to install or format his laptop to Windows 7 RC? Keen yes keen, we are using HP!

Chris Misola is being a geek again and showing us his prototype of surface which he intend to demo the multitouch feature of Windows 7.

Good luck on the event guys!

Windows 7 on Microsoft Store

Its definitely here and the release is just around the corner, Windows 7 has now made into the Microsoft Store: http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/Windows-7/product/8577EB79 

I don’t know if this link is for real but just for chills, I would share their post regarding the boxes that MAY be the official ones that Windows 7 Would be shipped with: http://www.centrumxp.pl/Windows7/1937,1,Edycje_Windows_7.aspx

So what has changed? From XP to Vista to Windows 7.

  

 

Windows Vista SP2 Service Pack Clean-up tool

Its a big update yes, raw file says its 577.4 Mb on five languages. If you want to reclaim some disk space after applying the SP2 you can run this update cleanup tool that is included on the SP2 install – compcln.exe

Windows Component Clean Tool (Compcln.exe) can be used to remove the files that are archived after Windows Vista SP2 or Windows Server 2008 SP2 is applied. It also removes the files that were archived after Windows Vista SP1 was applied, if they are found on the system. Running this tool is optional.

NOTE AGAIN: You cannot uninstall Windows Vista SP2 or Windows Server 2008 SP2 after you run this tool on an image.

So to run this tool just go to your Run command or in Windows Shortcut thats (Win + R), then type compcln.exe

This command prompt will appear and all you have to do is type Y for yes.

 

This will perform cleanup with in a few minutes, better grab a coffee or do this on lunch while you are away.

After the cleanup finishes, the command prompt closes and you the space has been reclaimed. 

More info are available on the Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Deployment Guide at TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd335037(WS.10).aspx

Attend the POWER UP! : Windows 7 Loadfest!

Hi, Id like to share that everyone is invited to attend the Power Up! Windows 7 LoadFest event on Saturday, June 20, 2009. It will be held in Microsoft Philippines at 6750 Ayala Ave., Makati City. Registration starts 9AM and its a whole day open event.

We will be having a number of sessions and events in store for the participants. The event will have simultaneous breakout sessions on different session rooms. we will also be having games sessions 😀 And this is a loadfest event, and we invite you to bring your machines (laptops, notebooks, netbooks or even desktops!) to the session and we will install Windows 7 RC for you. There is also a contest on the fastest install so bring your laptop and see ya all in the event!

See ya all in the event and kindly register in this link : http://msevents.ph/Event.aspx?EventID=8CBADC4974EF5BA

What’s new with Windows Vista SP2

Its here, have you installed your Service Pack 2? I rebooted this morning after last Friday night’s WSUS update push.

The SP2 has just been released for Windows Vista, Microsoft’s main line of operating system. This service pack has been defined by the Microsoft as:

"A service pack is a Windows update that combines new security and performance updates with previously released updates. Installing a service pack helps make sure you’ve got all the updates your PC needs to help make it more reliable, run more smoothly, and even more enjoyable to use. Think of it as a free all-in-one tune up for your PC."

So what is included on this Service Pack?

Hardware ecosystem support and enhancements

  • SP2 adds support for the 64-bit central processing unit (CPU) from VIA Technologies, which adds the ID and vendor strings for the new VIA 64-bit CPU.
  • SP2 integrates the Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless, which contains support for Bluetooth v2.1 and Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration. Bluetooth v2.1 is the most recent specification for Bluetooth wireless technology.
  • SP2 improves performance for Wi-Fi connections after resuming from sleep mode.
  • SP2 includes updates to the RSS feeds sidebar for improved performance and responsiveness.
  • SP2 includes ability to record data to Blu-Ray Disc media.

Operating system experience updates

  • SP2 includes Windows Search 4.0, which builds on Microsoft’s search technology with improved indexing and search relevance. It also helps find and preview documents, e-mail (including signed e-mail messages), music files, photos, and other items on the computer. The search engine in Windows Search 4.0 is a Microsoft Windows® service that is also used by programs such as Microsoft Office Outlook® 2007 and Microsoft Office OneNote® 2007. Autotuning Diagnostics in SP2 now interprets current network conditions when implementing Windows scaling. This feature includes full netsh support.
  • SP2 improves Windows Media Center (WMC) in the area of content protection for TV.
  • SP2 removes the limit of 10 half open outbound TCP connections. By default, SP2 has no limit on the number of half open outbound TCP connections.

SP2 also includes a Service Pack Clean-up tool (Compcln.exe) which helps recover the hard disk space by permanently deleting previous versions of files (RTM and SP1) that are being serviced by SP2. The Service Pack Clean up tool can also be run offline while creating slipstream images to reduce the size of the image.

Checkout Windows Vista SP2 at TechNet: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd335036(WS.10).aspx