Windows 7 Beta and Windows 7 RC Expiration Dates

To some of my colleagues, workmates and to some community people that for some reason are still on RC and Beta. Basically they have demo’s already there, some over dued POC and just no time to re-install. Guys these will expire soon so mark your dates, its going to be soon!

Copy Pasting from the support site: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971767

 

 

Windows 7 RC expiration

Effective February 15, 2010, the expiration notification process begins:
  • Windows 7 RC users receive an expiration notification in the task bar one time per day.
  • Windows 7 RC users are presented with the Notification Wizard one time every four hours and then one time every hour.

Effective March 1, 2010, Windows 7 RC enters the next phase of expiration:

  • Expiration notifications in the task bar continue.
  • Computers that are running Windows 7 RC restart every two hours.
    Important When the computer restarts, your work will not be saved.

Effective June 1, 2010, Windows 7 RC expires:

  • Windows starts to a black desktop.
  • Windows 7 RC users are presented with a Windows Activation screen. The screen states that the Windows that you are running is not genuine.
  • Computers that are running Windows 7 RC restart every two hours.

Windows 7 Beta expiration

Effective June 17, 2009, the expiration notification process begins:

  • Windows 7 Beta users receive an expiration notification in the task bar one time per day.
  • Windows 7 Beta users are presented with the Notification Wizard one time every four hours and then one time every hour.

Effective July 1, 2009, Windows 7 Beta enters the next phase of expiration:

  • Expiration notifications in the task bar continue.
  • Computers that are running Windows 7 Beta restart every two hours.

Effective August 1, 2009, Windows 7 Beta expires:

  • Windows starts to a black desktop
  • Windows 7 Beta users are presented with a Windows Activation Expired dialog box during logon and then again every hour.
  • Computers that are running Windows 7 Beta restart every two hours
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Windows 7: Run as a different user

Today I had to use different accounts to do sorts of things (on my visual studio 😛 – and for some reasons, I don’t want to switch user) and I did remember that since XP, there is this cool cmd tool called runas : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb490994.aspx. I tried it and it still works over Windows7, but to my amazement, this has been extended into a hidden context menu! Just shift + Right Click a new set of context menu will be added to the usual ones.

My particular interest is the Run as different user, which enables me to do what runas cmd tool do. Upon invoking the menu, this will open a login dialog box like this where you an enter the user that you want to use and as well as the password.

This run as in the context menu is very convenient, but if you need more control and more switches, i would still recommend the runas cmd tool which as a number of very useful switches.

Ok john, back to work now.

Running Windows7? Get the latest updates for Application Compatibility!

If you are already running Windows7 (or Windows Server 2008 R2 as a workstation) like me? Do get the latest updates for your PC’s for your Applications to run without any hassles. From a KB article : “The Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Compatibility Update is a software update that improves the compatibility experience in Windows 7 and in Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft regularly releases Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2 application compatibility updates.”

I always use Alcohol 52%, its a virtual drive emulator where I can mount my ISO’s and CUE image disks so that I do not have to burn them again on a physical disk. I had problems installing Alcohol after rebuilding my demo laptop and apparently I did not did my best practice of installation – after manufacturers drivers, get and install the latest updates! I found my update here:  Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Application Compatibility Update

Downloaded the installer from here:

Download the x86-based versions of Windows 7 update package now. (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=87bc03c6-4e24-4706-ae99-5c57ce50a970)

Download the x64-based versions of Windows 7 update package now. (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0f9e69a3-c29d-4538-af0e-c081635c65c5)

Download the x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 update package now. (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=29de679b-3aa5-41ae-a425-35579fffbe20)

Download the Itanium-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 update package now. (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=cf65da8d-04cb-41e0-80e5-a7f24cf4548a)

After downloading your updates manually, just run it and wait for it to finish

 

here is my screenshot running Alcohol free edition on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise.

Moral of the lesson 😀 – Always update your Windows 7 :D. CHEERS!

Philippine Windows 7 House Party!

Philippine Windows 7 House Party hosted by Jojo Ayson and Chay Saputil with the participation of the Philippine Windows Users Group held at Microsoft Philippines on October 22, 2009. In celebration of the worldwide launch of Windows 7. Another day to remember that more than 200 people, most of them coming from PHIWUG came last October 22, 2009 at Microsoft’s head office at Ayala Makati.

 

Members of PHIWUG showed off some Windows7 demo on Security, User Experience, Virtualization, Windows Games, Live and many others. One highlight of the event is a demo by Chris Misola, also from PHIWUG. Chris did it again, his very awesome do-it-yourself-multi-touch device, which many could quote one of the coolest thing you may see in a demo. 

 

Isamu Shinozaki  did some tips and tricks as a warm-up of demo’s. Jay-R Barrios doing the XP Mode and Elczar Adame featuring IIS7. John Delizo (me) also did some demo on user experience and Adrian Rodriguez on Photo and some Live essentials.

Chris Misola (x-mint of MSFORUMS.PH) now doing his magic on Windows 7 Multi touch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Bessey, Microsoft’s Philippines new managing director was also present in the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohh yea, this is really a parteeehhh!

 

The short interviews on why we love Windows 7.

        

 

Food, beer, TechTalks and Windows 7!

 

 

 

 

More pictures here in here:

Connecting to multiple remote desktops from a single console

For a couple of times now I have seen a number of people doing remote desktops and they tend to navigate from one remote desktop window to another. Switching back and forth in a couple of windows sometimes is unproductive to some, and for me it just leaves clutter on my desktop. 

I just want to share a tool called Remote Desktops that allows you to connect to multiple remote desktops from a single MMC console.

I’m still using a Windows Server 2008 R2 RC as my personal laptop and this tool is already installed in this version. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, this tool is available as a part of an update. The whole package is called RSAT or the Remote Server Administration tool, there is a specific version for Vista and 7. For Windows 7, its RTM has just been published in Microsoft updates or here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d&displaylang=en

I already blogged about the RSAT for Vista and if you want to try this tool or the whole RSAT, here is the link where I posted my experience on it.

 

 

To use this tool, install first the RSAT then navigate to your Administrative tools, then expand Remote Desktop Services and click Remote Desktops.

This tool allows me to save your Remote Desktop Sessions in a single console. As you may notice in my example, there are 3 Remote Desktops at the moment.

It is lit as green if thats your active connection, very handy to tell what server you are on now :D, It could be very confusing specially if all of your servers look alike each other.

 

To connect to a computer, just right click to bring up the context menu, then click connect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  To add a new connection just go to the Remote Desktops Node under the Console Root then on the right hand pane Right Click then Add new Connection.

Then this add new connection dialog will appear. After specifying connection details, just click OK and will be added to your console.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you right click then click properties on the newly created connection, you will see this dialog window with three tabs, the general, screen options and the other. General has the connection details and the username, passwords will be asked on first attempt to connect, if you checked the allow me to save credentials, the passwords will be saved. The screen options lets you choose screen size of your session and the other tab is also interesting. The start a program is there, that allows you to auto start a program upon connect, more security details and there is also an option to redirect your local drives, very handy so that you don’t have to FTP your file to this remote server, right?