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Inroducing Microsoft Web Platform Installer - Now works with XP and Windows 2003!

The Web Platform Installer (Web PI) is a simple tool that installs Microsoft's entire Web Platform, including IIS7, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express Edition and the .NET Framework. Using the Web Platform Installer’s user interface, you can choose to install either specific products or the entire Microsoft Web Platform onto your computer. The Web PI also helps keep your products up to date by always offering the latest additions to the Web Platform.


New Updates! Now supporting Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, Web PI makes it easy to install and stay up-to-date with the Microsoft Web Platform. This updated release lets you install ASP.NET MVC, Visual Studio Tools for Silverlight, and much more!


File Name: wpilauncher.exe
Version: release candidate
Date Published: Nov 21.08
Language: English
Download Size: 600kb


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Get FREE CA Anti-Virus 2009 with 1 Year Activation Key


CA Anti-Virus 2009 is a security product that provides comprehensive protection against viruses, worms and Trojan horse programs. CA Anti-Virus 2009 features ability to scan emails automatically, fully automatic update daily, scheduled scanning, on-demand scanning, real-time scanning, advanced heuristic scanning, interactive virus detection messages, file quarantine, file exclusion list and archive scanning. CA AV 2009 is certified by Independent Testing organizations ICSA Labs, West Coast Labs, and Virus Bulletin as effective virus protector too.




CA Anti-Virus 2009 listed retail price is $39.99 for electronic download to provide 1 year of protection with virus signature update. For user who interested to use CA Anti-Virus 2009, now it’s possible to get free 1 year free trial subscription of CA Anti-Virus 2009 with genuine legitimate license serial number or activation code, as part of promotion for Microsoft customers (who is not anyway?).

To grab the free serial key to activate CA Anti-Virus 2009 for free, submit your details at the following web page:

http://home3.ca.com/SubscriptCenter/MSTrialRegistration.aspx?cid=573

Fill in and submit the details including a valid email address and password (for a free CA account can be used to request support). A free activation code serial number will be sent to the email Inbox, together with download instruction.

Thanks to My Digital life

Get FREE iolo System Mechanic 8 Full Version with Six Month Activation License Key


System Mechanic can automatically repairs errors and fragmentation, cleans out clutter, fix hard drive errors and tunes up the PC so that it runs smoothly, reliably, and up to 300% faster, including Internet access speed up and download acceleration.




Subscription for System Mechanic 8 costs $49.95 to purchase with first year service, and then the subscription is renewable at $29.95 annually. Users who download System Mechanic trial version from iolo.com will get only 30 days trial period. Now, users can get free six month subscription liccense for iolo System Machine 8 (SM8).

To get the free System Mechanic 8 activation key serial number valid for 6-month subscription, visit the following URL:

http://www.iolo.com/landing/?pid=D7C5BB10-6A12-4996-8199-0A2BB197B9B5


Complete the checkout process to ‘purchase’ the iolo System Mechanic 8 with 6 months subscription at zero cost. No credit card information required. A valid email address is required for activation key to be sent. Remember to select electronic email delivery and download as physical box product delivery will be charged.

Download and install System Mechanic 8 setup installer (sm_dm.exe), and then use the activation to activate SM 8 to full version product without usage limitation. Note that evaluation and full version of SM8 uses the same setup installer. During installation, choose the option that “I own System Mechanic and can enter my serial number later”, and then enter the license (activation key or serial number), or click on “Enter License” at program interface to convert the evaluation version to full iolo product.

Thanks to My Digital Life

Learn all about Microsoft Dynamics Mobile as a platform

Course Description

Concluding this series of webinars, join Bert Burkholder and Henrik K Nielsen from Microsoft in a session focused on the story of Microsoft Mobile and in particular the Microsoft Dynamics Mobile product. Burt will cover the capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics Mobile and tell the story of the design decisions behind the product and its target audience and development capabilities. If your customers are demanding that you deliver mobile capabilities this is a session not to be missed!

Part 6: Dynamics Mobile as a platform

Date: 11/24/2008 09:00AM PST

Trainer: Bert Berkholder

URL: http://www.isvinnovation.com/Directory/Description.aspx?EventId=627


Get Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 SP1

Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2009 Service Pack 1 (SP1) contains the complete set of updates that Microsoft has issued since the June 2008 RTM release of Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2009, as well as a number of enhancements and new features to improve the product’s functionality and user experience.


Key highlights in this service pack release include:

1. Support for Microsoft SQL Server® 2008.

2. Supports future GLS releases and targeted releases, such as the Environmental Sustainability module, which will require an SP1 environment for installation.

3. Updates both the SYS and GLS layers of the product. This means, for example, that if you already have GLS-TR installed on your system, SP1 will update this layer during the installation process.

4. You can now write XML documentation in X++® source code to document classes, class methods, and table methods. This XML documentation can be extracted from the source code to create an XML documentation file.

Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2009 Service Pack 1 can be downloaded from PartnerSource (need access login).
source | MSDN ISV blog





Get the paid ClustrMaps+ version FREE for bloggers

Hello readers....

Thats the great opportunity to you if you are a blogger. WinVistaClub.com is pleased to offer 5 licenses of the paid version of ClustrMaps+ free to the members of this community.


So if you are a blogger, not necessarily a tech blogger (you could be a blogger on any topic), here is your chance to get it FREE !

1. All you have to do is to display ClustrMaps free version, (obtainable from ClustrMaps) on your blog/website/forum. If you already use it, and post your site URL here.

2. Give one suggestion for improving ClustrMaps.

The 5 blogs with the best placements and best suggestion will be given the prizes.

The decision will be made by the ClustrMaps Team, in consultation with WinVistaClub.

This contest will be open until 10th December 2008.

so go fast.... Visit here for more detais


About ClustrMaps................
ClustrMaps is a Hit counter map widget that shows locations of all visitors to any website.

When a visitor accesses your blog, forum or internet site, ClustrMaps displays that visitor's geographic location on a map, using the visitor's IP address. It is automatic, speedy, scalable and has no spyware/cookies.






Download all WinHEC 2008 Presentations

This presentation includes a step-by-step walkthrough of the execution of the coinstallers, their contents, the methodology that we are using in order to debug WDF installation failures, as well as the tests that WDF drivers need to pass, in order to be logo-ed.


The list with all the presentations in WinHEC 2008 can be found here.


Introducing Office Development with Visual Studio Developer Center

Everything you need to know about building Office solutions in Visual Studio is on the new Office Development with Visual Studio Developer Center!


This will help you get started using Visual Studio Tools for Office to develop solutions that take advantage of Microsoft Office 2003 and the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

Get quick access to news and featured resources and take a peek at what’s coming in Visual Studio 2010!

Office Development with Visual Studio Developer Center!


Get Windows 7 Beta Build 6936 Default Desktop Wallpaper

Microsoft's Official Windows 7 Beta build 6936 contains new default desktop wallpaper. This wallpaper is quite same as the previous PDC relese wallpaer of Windows 7 Beta build 6801.

You can hav a look of below screenshot.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v374/vishaal_here/Windows_7_Beta_Wallpaper_Thumb.jpg

Download links....
Download link 1 | Alternative Download link

Thanks to WinFuture.de for this wallpaper


Microsoft is cooking a free security solution - “Morro” Antivirus for Windows 7, Vista SP2, XP SP3

Microsoft is cooking a free security solution, designed to integrate seamlessly with Windows 7, as well as with Windows Vista RTM/SP1/SP2 and Windows XP SP3. Advertised as a no-cost consumer security offering, code-named “Morro” is set up to be much more than a simple antivirus, also offering protection against spyware, rootkits and Trojan horses, according to the software giant.



Code-named “Morro” is expected to be made available in the second half of 2009, just in time for Windows 7, whose RTM is reportedly planned for mid-2009, and for the second Service Pack for Windows Vista.

The introduction of code-name “Morro” will be synonymous with the death of Windows Live OneCare. Microsoft informed that sales of the Windows Live OneCare subscription service would be discontinued completely, come June 30, 2009.


More at Source | Softpedia



Great launch of Tweak UI For Windows Vista at South Asia MVP Meet 2008

At the recently concluded South Asia MVP Meet 2008 held at Goa, between 14-18th November 2008, Ultimate Windows Tweaker, a Tweak UI for Windows Vista was released by Howard Lo, Microsoft's Regional Team Manager (APAC), in the presence of Abhishek Kant, South Asia – MVP Lead and Abhishek Baxi, MVP Program Specialist. Earlier during the Meet, Pradeep Parappil - Program Manager Lead (Windows) gave an excellent presentation on Windows 7.


Most Vista users were missing the Tweak UI application, which Microsoft had released for XP, and this one promises to be the best thing for Windows Vista users.

This freeware tweaker, christened as Ultimate Windows Tweaker has over 130 registry tweaks, but is yet, just a 370 KB .exe file which does not require an install. It can even be used as a portable application. Its RTW v 1.0 is now available for download.

The application has been released by WinVistaClub, a Microsoft Featured Community, and has been written by Ramesh Kumar, MVP.

More at WinVistaClub


Twak your Windows Vista with "Ultimate Windows Tweaker"


Ultimate Windows Tweaker is a Tweak UI Utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows Vista, 32-bit & 64-bit. It can simply be downloaded and used as a portable application to customize your Windows Vista to meet your requirements. With judicious tweaking, It can make your system faster, more stable, and more secure with just a few mouse clicks. The tweaker detects whether you have IE 7 or IE 8 installed and accordingly offers you the relevant tweaks only.



Ultimate Windows Tweaker From WinVistaClub

The utility has a simple easy-to-use user interface, with the tweaks being classified in separate heads based of their functionality. Most tweaks are hidden inside Vista, and what this tweaker does is to try and put the useful one's in one place. It has over 130 tweaks, but is yet, just a 370 KB .exe file, which does not require an install.



Details of Tweaks :

The tweaks are classified under seven categories and can be accessed through a common interface, just like your Windows Vista Control Panel.

1) Personalization,
2) User Accounts & UAC,
3) System & Performance,
4) Security,
5) Internet Explorer (IE7 / IE8)
6) Network Optimization
7) Additional Options

For details, click here | Download now.





Experience the New Xbox

The New Xbox Experience is a sweeping change to your Xbox 360 console dashboard. Gone are the static blades of days past, with the New Xbox Experience ushering in a more dynamic, intuitive interface.


Express your personality with a customized Avatar and invite your friends for an online party!

Avatars!

To celebrate the release of the New Xbox Experience, we've got a three-day Play & Win Sweepstakes with thousands of dollars in prizes to give away. To enter, just register your gamertag, download the NXE Gamer Picture, and then play any multiplayer game online.


Before registering for the sweepstakes, make sure your Xbox LIVE account information is accurate!



Potential winners will be notified by the sweepstakes administrator and have their prizes shipped using the contact info (e-mail, phone, and address) on their Xbox LIVE profile. If your contact info is not up-to-date you will be disqualified from winning a prize.

Check your account information here.


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Sweepstakes Registration

There are two ways to register for the sweepstakes: Register online here, or by downloading the free NXE is LIVE Play & Win Gamer Picture from Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Sweepstakes Entry

You will automatically receive one entry into the NXE is LIVE Play & Win Sweepstakes (limit one entry per person) when you connect to Xbox LIVE and play any multiplayer game over Xbox LIVE (co-op or competitive, whichever you prefer). There are three different prize periods:


  • Friday, November 21: 12:01 A.M. to 11:59 P.M. (Eastern time)
  • Saturday, November 22: 12:01 A.M. to 11:59 P.M. (ET)
  • Sunday, November 23: 12:01 A.M. to 11:59 P.M. (ET)

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Prize Information
After the sweepstakes is over, the following winners will be selected from all eligible entries.


Three Daily Grand Prize Packages (one per Daily Prize Period):

  • Samsung Television Home Theater Package, including a 58-inch Widescreen 1080p HD Plasma Television, 1000 Watt 5.1 Channel Upconverting 5-Disc DVD Home Theater System with iPod Dock, and Ultra-High Speed HDMI Cables.
  • 4000 Microsoft Points

Forty-five Daily First Prizes (fifteen per Daily Prize Period):

  • 1000 Microsoft Points

One hundred twenty Daily Second Prizes (forty per Daily Prize Period):

  • 500 Microsoft Points

The Play & Win promotions from Xbox.com are an easy way to jump in and interact with the Xbox LIVE community. It's easy to enter and you could win some great prizes. Look for more exciting Play & Win promotions in the future!

XBOX Press Release



Windows Live spaces Coming soon with clean & better look

More freedom to do what you want

Let’s start off with the most visible change: we’re removing the horizontal ad from your space!

click to Zoooom++

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Your space is all about your content, the way you want to show it, so we’re reducing the amount of clutter and giving you more freedom by:


  • Removing the horizontal ad from the top of your space
  • Making all of the modules optional (even the Title and Tagline module, which previously couldn’t be removed)
  • Using a simpler header that has less text than other pages in Windows Live
  • Letting you change themes, fonts, colors, and background images on your space using the customize menu
  • Letting you rename or not show the title of each module on your space by using the settings menu for each module in customize mode
  • Letting you select exactly which photo albums to show in your photos module – you can even customize what parts of the photos interface to display

Better looking pages


We’re also making some additional small changes to make your space look even better. One of the things we’ve done is to improve the typography on your space by using a larger, more readable default font, Segoe UI. It’s a subtle change, but it really helps make your content easier to read. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of our post from last week with the current font and with the new default font:


click to Zoooom++

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(Current version on left, new version on right)


There’ll also be a couple of theme changes, mainly to the header and background images, that make things look a bit simpler, cleaner, and more attractive. The most obvious of these is that we’re getting rid of the 3D “bevel” in the header and moving to solid colors or unobstructed background images. You can see this in the comparison screenshot below:


click to Zoooom++

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(Current version on top, new version on bottom)

Read more at Source | Windows Live Spaces Blog


Download torrents using Windows Media Center

tvitty is a bittorrent download add-in for vista media center, released on 14th November.

  • stay on the couch
  • browse for videos
  • one-click downloads
  • bittorrent inside
  • feeds by rss, yahoo pipes, and more
  • search and auto-download
  • recommendation engine
  • designed for tv and remote

Installation Guide

  1. close media center if running
  2. run the setup program tvitty_setup.exe and follow instructions
  3. hiro codec installation will start automatically, follow instructions
  4. start media center
  5. optional: configure additional content add-ins.

Size: 16mb

Build: tvitty 0.9.6 (nov 14, 2008)

Requires: Windows Vista 32bit or 64-bit with Media Center (Home Premium or Ultimate)


Download now | visit Homepage

Developers making plans for Windows Azure, Windows 7

Like most of the developers and other technology professionals who attended the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2008, held at the Los Angeles Staples Center Oct. 27-30, Dan Rigby attended to see the latest from Microsoft and rub elbows with Microsoft’s technology leaders.


But equally important was the chance to catch up with peers, and meet some new ones. “It’s a great place to build up relationships with people I may only have met online,” says Rigby, Lead Software Engineer at Interactive Intelligence, an Indianapolis-based firm that develops call center software. “I got to meet a lot of people that I knew online through Facebook and other sites, and I saw a lot of Microsoft people I may have met in forums or online.”


For the 6,500 developers who attended PDC2008, the event is one of the tech highlights whenever it’s offered. But along with the usual networking, this year’s PDC also was the site of some major announcements from Microsoft. These include the Azure Services Platform, which extends Windows and an array of services such as Microsoft SQL Services and Microsoft .NET Services in the “cloud,” and also a first look at the new features of Windows 7 as well as Office 14, (code name of the next version of Office) and the new Office Web applications.


For most PDC attendees, the broad outlines of a Microsoft cloud initiative, plus a look at Windows 7, and Office had already been the subject of speculation and techosphere discussion, online and elsewhere.


Source- Microsoft Press Release


Free upgrade to Office Accounting 2009 US now available


Is time for a new version of the us version of Microsoft Office Accounting. Part of the big news this year is that existing Professional users can upgrade for free!

Microsoft® Office Accounting Express is an easy to use accounting package that works with other Office applications you already know.

Current customers who licensed a 2006, 2007 or 2008 version of Microsoft Office Accounting are entitled to a free Office Accounting 2009 upgrade. Please reference the Link below to determine your upgrade path.

Upgrade details | Download 2009



Get yourself some time with a Microsoft expert!

Register for November 19 Software Design Live Session with Microsoft Experts

Join us for an interactive Live Session on Wednesday, November 19 (Thursday, November 20 in some regions)! In this hour-long, interactive session, Rogerio Panigassi will discuss the 2009 Software Design Invitational. This session will provide you with more information about the theme, timeline, worldwide requirements and learning resources featured in this year's competition. Rogerio Panigassi is a Senior Audience Marketing Manager at Microsoft and has been involved in Imagine Cup since the competition began in 2003. Rogerio became the Project Lead for Imagine Cup in July 2007.


Each Live Session is held twice, with the same material presented both times. Select the time below that is most convenient for you, and follow the directions to register with your Windows Live ID. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with information on how to download the free software you'll need to access Live Sessions. We recommend you download this software several hours in advance to avoid technical difficulties during the session.


Live Session times:

· November 19, 8am PST Live Session (What time is this in my region?)

· November 19, 8pm PST Live Session (What time is this in my region?)



Register for November 20 Embedded Development Live Session with Microsoft Experts


Join for an interactive Live Session on Thursday, November 20 (Friday, November 21 in some regions)! In this hour-long, interactive session, Olivier Bloch will discuss Windows Embedded development. This session will provide you with a general overview of the Windows Embedded family, as well as demonstrate some in-market embedded devices and Windows CE tools. Olivier Bloch joined Microsoft in 2006 and is currently a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft in the Windows Embedded group. He discusses his development experiences and embedded technologies on his blog.


Each Live Session is held twice, with the same material presented both times. Select the time below that is most convenient for you, and follow the directions to register with your Windows Live ID. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with information on how to download the free software you'll need to access Live Sessions. We recommend you download this software several hours in advance to avoid technical difficulties during the session.


Live Session times:

· November 20, 8am PST Live Session (What time is this in my region?)

· November 20, 8pm PST Live Session (What time is this in my region?)





The G1 - the first phone to run on Google's Android Operating System

This is a G1 phone designed for Google by two San Francisco designers, Mike and Maaike. This is a unique phone using the Google’s open source operating system called as Android. The handset is quite stylish and has a 3.2 inch touch screen and a slide out QWERTY keyboard. This phone also incorporates a compass that helps you to navigate Google maps by turning the phone. G1 is produced by Taiwanese manufacturers HTC and is also available on T-mobile. The only advantage or unique thing that this device has is the ease of Google into a mobile phone.








Designers home page | Mike and Maaike | comogy review.


Ancient Egyptian USB Drives - Mummy Returns again for your PCs


(click on images to Zoooom+++)

The Ancient Egyptian USB drives come in two designs: one bears the shape of the Sphinx while the other one depicts an Egyptian citizen.

The golden metallic shine is very nicely complemented by traditional Egyptian colorful designs with black, white, red and blue, making these USBs look better than your common thumbdrive.



The speed standard is fully-compliant USB 2.0 and they are backward compatible with USB 1.1 ports. The plug and play character is quite convenient while the hot-swapping capability is a true time-saver. The Ancient Egyptian USB drives will provide you with 2 GB of storage space each and they weigh only 30 grams a piece; you can use them with Windows Vista, XP, 2000 and Mac OS.



The USB connectors boast a retractable construction so one can enjoy wearing them as a pendant hanging on the supplied necklace. With these cool USB drives you can be stylish and carry your important files with you at the same time; you can take a wild guess and assume that the golden shine on these drives isn't exactly gold... after seeing that these USB dongles retail for $22 a pop, the mystery is solved. Cool stuff, though!

review source | Softpedia


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Best Of Luck Guys

Sparks will Fly 2009 Challenge - win $15,000, plus a trip to TechEd 2009!


Show us your “home of the future” and win $15,000, plus a trip to TechEd 2009!

Take advantage of a comprehensive set of powerful embedded development tools, technologies, and resources. Microsoft’s partnership with several of the world’s premier hardware vendors gives hobbyists access to the same enterprise-class tools used by professionals – at an attractive price. It’s just one of the ways Microsoft is nurturing its vision to grow and support this important developer community.


SPARK Your Imagination offers a kit that combines Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2, Visual Studio 2005 Professional, and an embedded device. Backed by Microsoft and a large, active community of embedded developers, Windows Embedded CE provides you with industry-leading tools to help you build an endless variety of embedded solutions.


Here’s how the contest works:

Round One

Submit a 1-3-page paper that outlines an embedded project that will help realize the home of the future. Maybe you envision a thermostat that sets itself according to the latest weather forecast, or a refrigerator that re-orders groceries. Be creative, but make sure it’s an embedded device that you could actually build.

Deadline: January 7, 2009

On January 9, 2009, we’ll announce the 50 participants who will advance to round two.

Round Two

It’s time to put your skills to the test. All 50 finalists will receive a free SPARK Your Imagination kit, based on the VIA Artigo Pico-ITX board. Build a working prototype of your idea and submit a 4-5-page paper that describes your solution. You’ll also need to create a 3-minute video that summarizes your project.

Deadline: March 11, 2009

Final Round

On March 13, 2009, we’ll reveal the top 3 finalists. Each of the 3 finalists will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a flight to ESC Silicon Valley, where they’ll demonstrate their project during the Microsoft keynote.

The winner will be announced at the end of the keynote, and will receive an additional cash prize of $15,000 and a trip to TechEd 2009 in Los Angeles.


Register now




Professional Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 Book


Author: Samuel Phung
Published: November 3, 2008
Publisher: Wrox

Author and Embedded CE expert Samuel Phung encourages you to develop Windows Embedded CE 6.0 applications by adapting the skills you already have. You'll learn to produce a new breed of intriguing embedded devices and you'll come to understand ways in which the Windows Embedded CE environment is efficient, developer-friendly, and easy to master.

What you will learn from this book:

  • How to build a customized CE 6.0 runtime image
  • Various forms of debugging and the array of debugging tools
  • Ways to develop managed-code and native-code applications for Windows Embedded CE using Visual Studio
  • Techniques for deploying a Windows Embedded CE 6.0 device with BIOS Loader
  • Methods available to autolaunch an application when CE starts
  • How to create thin-client applications using the provided design templates
  • Ways to customize the user interface when CE starts and replace the standard Explorer shell

This book is for developers who are interested in learning what resources are available as part of the Windows Embedded CE tool chains and how to use them. A basic understanding of Visual C++, C#, or Visual Basic is helpful.



Getting Started with Microsoft Certification - Certification 101

Ever wonder if certification is right for you? The Microsoft Learning Team is hosting an informational on Microsoft Certifications called Certification 101. The call takes place over Live Meeting an e-meeting tool on Tuesday, November 18th and will hopefully be the start of a regular schedule of these Live Meetings.

Registration: Join folks from the Microsoft Certified Professional team to learn about the benefits and process of getting certified: choosing a certification path, preparing for your first exam, taking an exam, and what to expect after that. Click to register for:



They will talk about...

  • what a technical certification can do for you--what is the goal?
  • how to choose a certification track that will help you meet your goals – career or otherwise
  • how do you know when you're ready (expected experience level, time/money involved, etc)
  • preparation options (what you need to know, how to learn it)
  • the testing experience (registering, during the test, what happens when you're done)

The goal is to make the certification process less intimidating, so feel free to ask any questions you might be having


Thanks to Hilary Pike & Diane Curtis (MSDN blog)




Download Vista Transformation Pack 9.0

The much awaited Vista Transformation Pack 9.0 released today. This program will transform your Windows XP user interface to ultimate Windows Vista alike. This version has new and improved applications, functionalities, and a lot of fixes.

Now after installing this version of VTP u will expereance the total features and GUI of Vista.



Vista Transformation Pack 9.0 Keynotes:

New 3rd-party applications
ViSplore - Vista Glass explorer simulator
Vista Drive Icon - adding free space percentage in your drive icon like Vista explorer
Vista Rainbar - Lightweight Vista sidebar based on Rainmeter that even consume less resources than real Vista Sidebar

Improved 3rd-party applications
ViStart - Files indexing for documents search, improved reliability and compatibilities
ViOrb - Improved graphic and reliability (C++ re-written)
TrueTransparency - Improved reliability with improved AeroStyle's glass border
WinFlip - Improved stability and reliablity

New functionalities
Setup personization - Allow customizing Vista experiences upon installation without access to Welcome Center
Windows XP Service Pack 3 compatibilities - Now you can enjoy Vista themes after installation with Windows XP Service Pack 3
x64 compatibilities - More secured x64 installation without getting hurt by incompatibilities

There're also a lot of bug fixes and refinements in the program but let's just keep it simple with these for now. You can experience the rest later by yourself.

Changes in Version 9.0
-Added Gavatx's Vista Rainbar 4.3 (Slim) in place of Thoosje's Vista Sidebar
-Added large icon resizing option for high resolution monitors
-Added Personalization setup screen for configuring current user account before installation
-Added running ViStart, ViOrb and ViSplore to WindowBlinds and TrueTransparency's exclusion list (prevent stability issues)
-Added ViSplore project (Vista Glass Explorer for Windows XP/2003)
-Added Vista Drive Icon in place of Vista Windows Drive Icon
-Added Windows XP Service Pack 3 uxtheme patching compatibilities
-Fixed automate 3rd-party applications optimization requirements
-Fixed graphic driver detection issues in transformation package for cases that doesn't use the first slot of driver
-Fixed OS detection incompatibilities with Windows Vista
-Fixed possible errors when auto-configuring user account during installation without "Express Mode"
-Fixed Thoosje Sidebar's auto-configuration bug on some resolutions.
-Fixed uninstallation script to terminate newly added applications such as WinFlip, TrueTransparency, etc.
-Fixed Vista orb positioning in "System Properties" dialog
-Fixed WindowBlinds' installation detection bug in configure user account dialog
-Updated Aero Style's glass border for more visibility and less distortion for both WindowBlinds and TrueTransparency
-Updated AeroStyle's glass border in TrueTransparency to simulate "little-blurring-like" WindowBlinds
-Updated boot screen to traditional ones without Vista flag
-Updated configure user account's installed components and applications UI
-Updated "Glass" sounds scheme from Windows Vista's Ultimate Extras
-Updated installation branding bar image
-Updated TrueTransparency to version 0.9.4
-Updated ViOrb to version 1 (C++ re-written)
|-Added start orb's right click menu
|-Fixed hook recovery when explorer shell is reloaded
|-Fixed always on top visibility issues with some applications including ViStart
|-Updated start orb graphic to for all sides compatibilities
-Updated ViStart to version 2.0 build 3467
|-Added font customization feature in settings.xml
|-Added indexing file search support like Vista (you can search for extension with .ext)
|-Added "Reset Shell" in menu option to reload explorer along with ViStart
|-Added multi-DPI Support
|-Fixed Chinese characters issue with Recent Documents
|-Fixed hook recovery when explorer shell is reloaded
|-Fixed start menu's hooking reliability with full screen and resolution changes
|-Fixed strange ActiveX errors
-Updated Visual style's top taskbar background to have the same image as bottom's like Vista
-Updated WinFlip to version 0.50
-Updated wording in some areas for easier understanding
-Updated x64 operating systems compatibilities

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Announcing Internet Explorer Mobile 6

At Tech•Ed EMEA Microsoft announced the availability of emulators and documentation for Internet Explorer Mobile 6, which is the next generation browser for Windows Mobile. Available on new Windows Mobile devices soon, this browser will provide a high-quality browsing experience on your device that more closely resembles a desktop browsing experience. For all you developers, the Internet Explorer Mobile 6 Emulator is available for download today.



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