• February 26, 2013

    LG has no plans for Windows 8 Phone

    LG’s reluctance to embrace Windows Phone 8 underscores the difficulties that the platform faces with both consumers and vendor partners. LG was one of the early partners that signed on with Microsoft, releasing the LG Quantum in the first wave of Windows Phone devices. Microsoft’s has a great relationship with Nokia, which is considered in the industry first among equals when it comes to Microsoft partners, has some vendors reassessing their own support for the operating system.   Over the past year or so, LG has been focusing on Android and has started building phones running on Mozilla’s Firefox mobile OS. Bill Gates has been very open as of late about his disappointment in Microsoft’s mobile strategy.  Windows Phone slow to catch on with consumers I am sure Microsoft would love to get another big phone vender like LG on board to sell there products.
  • January 29, 2013

    Office 2013 Releases Today

    Available for download beginning today, Office 2013 comes in a wide variety of versions. Availability for both desktop versions and the cloud-connected Office 365 sporting a new look and ready for the touch-screen technology of Windows 8.  The latest version of the productivity suite offers tons of tweaks that make it easy to use. Office 365 Home Premium includes popular programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. The software suite will also come with 20 gigabytes of SkyDrive cloud storage, 60 minutes of free world calls on Skype and can be used on up to five devices.  But Microsoft is hoping that you’ll skip the one-time fee for a subscription model that delivers lots of updates to come. Office Home and Student 2013 – $139.00 onetime fee or $99 per year Office Home and Business (Available February 27) – $219 onetime fee or $150 per year Office Standard 2013 – $369 (for volume licensees only) Office Professional Plus 2013 – $499 (for volume licensees only) Office Professional Academic 2013 Microsoft also released Office 365 University edition for college students, faculty and staff. The software is offered at $79.99 for a four-year subscription. And along with the new software, Microsoft’s Web site gets a refresh in both look and functionality. The Web site lets you manage your account, set up and check the status of your subscription, and download the Office software to your computer.
  • January 24, 2013

    Repair Windows WMI

    There are a few different methods to try when it comes to repairing a corrupt WMI (Windows Management Interface) 1. Open Up a Command Prompt If running Windows Vista or Windows 7 you need to Run The Command Prompt As Administrator.  Right click the Command Prompt and then click Run as administrator. 2. Type this command and press Enter net stop winmgmt 3. Using Windows Explorer rename the folder C:WindowsSystem32WbemRepository to C:WindowsSystem32WbemRepository.old 4. Type this command and press Enter net start winmgmt 5. Restart the computer The second method to try is 1. Open Up a Command Prompt If running Windows Vista or Windows 7 you need to Run The Command Prompt As Administrator.  Right click the Command Prompt and then click Run as administrator. 2. Type this command and press Enter rundll32 wbemupgd, UpgradeRepository This command is used to detect and repair a corrupted WMI Repository. The results are stored in the setup.log C:Windowssystem32wbemlogssetup.log 3. Restart the computer The second method to try is 1. Type this command and press Enter winmgmt /salvagerepository 2. Restart the computer
  • This works on Vista and Windows 7.  To install .Net 1.1 and SP1 into Vista or Win7 (32 or 64 bit). Create a new folder named DotNet in C: drive (C:DotNet is used in this guide, you can change to any folder you prefer, but ensure that you use correct path in the following steps). Download Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Redistributable Package(dotnetfx.exe ). Make sure the setup file is saved as dotnetfx.exe . Download Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 (NDP1.1sp1-KB867460-X86.exe ). Make sure that the file is renamed and saved asdotnetfxsp1.exe , so that the rest of the steps can be followed easily. Move both installation files into the same directory (i.e. C:DotNet), if you’re not saving them together. Open command prompt as Administrator . Change to the directory where the two installation setup files for .NET 1.1 are saved (i.e. C:DotNet). Run the following commands one by one, press Enter after each one. dotnetfx.exe /c:”msiexec.exe /a netfx.msi TARGETDIR=C:DotNet” Then click on “Yes” when prompted to answer “would you like to install Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1. Package?” dotnetfxsp1.exe /Xp:C:DotNetnetfxsp.msp msiexec.exe /a c:DotNetnetfx.msi /p c:DotNetnetfxsp.msp Install Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1 with slipstreamed/integrated Service Pack 1 by running netfx.msi created in the working folder.
  • November 8, 2012

    Windows Live Messenger Retired For Skype

    There is no denying Microsoft’s software shake up with Windows 8 and Office.  Microsoft’s newest version of office adds many new features including Skype integration.  If you still regularly utilize Windows Live Messenger you might want to consider moving to Skype soon. It seems that Microsoft is planning to retire WLM very soon, according to sources close to the Microsoft. With Skype having many more advanced features (including land-line calling abilities) and better brand recognition Skype has been seen heavily used on shows like WWE Raw and many other sitcoms.  So there is no surprise Microsoft would push the product not to mention shareholders were speculating after the 8.5 billion dollar purchases of Skype back in May 2011. Windows Live Messenger just isn’t necessary for Microsoft going forward. Recently Skype added on to its list of supported log-in methods by allowing Microsoft and Facebook account users to log-in without needing a traditional Skype ID.  Which in my option hurt start up companies like Airtime. With Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Office and Xbox 360 all supporting Skype naively it would not surprise me if Microsoft retired WLM sooner than later.  There has been some talk about Microsoft retiring Lync in favor of a commercial version of Skype.  Only time will tell but I think everyone is pretty sure that we can see the end of Windows Live Messenger in next few weeks.
  • November 2, 2012

    No Service Pack 2 For Windows 7

    Perhaps serving as further proof that Microsoft is supremely confident in Windows 8 and expects nothing less than success, it’s being reported that Windows 7 will not see a second Service Pack.  It’s still unusual for Microsoft to stop after Service Pack 1 but over course of the last decade we have seen Service packs on the decline Windows 2000 – Service Pack 4 Windows XP – Service Pack 3 Windows Vista – Service Pack 2 Windows 7 – Service Pack 1 It took three years for Microsoft to release an Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. Which was delayed might I add because of the blaster issue which affected so many people.  As of last month, it’s been three years since the release of Windows 7 in October 2009. People familiar with the matter have hinted that Windows 8 could mark the end of service packs, as a similar strategy could be extended to all the other operating systems in Microsoft’s product family.  Service Packs are expensive and time consuming for Microsoft to develop and deploy.  IT Professionals then have to deal with the task of deploying them on large scale networks, and cleaning up the pieces. Service Packs are handy because they contain numerous security and performance updates all rolled into one, saving IT managers and home consumers time when it comes to patching Windows and making sure they’re up to date on new systems. Windows 7 users will have to update their operating systems every month until support for this particular version is no longer offered.  Which in my personal option will not be supported as long as XP which just never seems to go away.
  • October 26, 2012

    Windows 8 Released

    Microsoft launched Windows 8 yesterday morning to the public at an event in New York City.  The new Windows 8 operating system and Surface tablet are an effort by Microsoft to regain interest in the flagship product Windows, and compete against Apple and Google in ground lost in the mobile computing market. Windows 8 devices and the company’s new Surface tablet, which aims to challenge Apple’s popular iPad went on sale at midnight on Thursday.  The new operating system offers something for everyone, touch-screen functionality for tablet enthusiasts, a slick new interface for the younger set, and multiple versions to make it compatible with traditional desktop PC software. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated at the launch “We’ve reimagined Windows and we’ve reimagined the whole PC industry,” Windows 8 has a new look that’s intended to create a seamless experience for users, whether they’re on PCs, tablets or smartphones.  Featuring a colorful array of tiles that fill the screen instead of the familiar start menu and icons, it’s designed especially for touch-sensitive screens.  Windows 8 will come pre-installed on almost all new computers from PC manufactures. Anyone running a copy of Windows from the last decade can upgrade to Windows 8 for $40. Considering Windows 7 was a whopping $200 when it came out, Windows 8 is quite a deal.  Microsoft I be leave is doing this in an effort to get users off the old versions of there operating systems.  It will be interested to see how this play’s out for Microsoft they are taking a major gamble redesigning the look, price point and cross platform compatibility.
  • October 18, 2012

    Microsoft Surface Tablet

    You can now preorder Microsoft’s 10.6-inch Surface tablet to at With prices starting at $499 for the 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB model. Both tablets are Wi-Fi only with VaporMg magnesium casing and a kickstand, and runs on the Windows 8 operating system.  The Microsoft surface is only 9.30mm thick, and weighs 1.5 pounds. There are two models to choose from, the Windows RT model which you can pre order, and the Windows 8 Professional model which is still not released. Windows RT Surface Operating System – Windows RT (Windows 8) Battery – 31.5 W-h (About 8 hours) Processor – NVIDIA T30 quad-core processor Display – 10.6-inch multi-touch display with resolution of 1366 x 768 16:9 RAM – 2GB of RAM Storage – 32 or 64GB storage options (expandable) Camera – 720p rear and front-facing cameras Ports – Stereo speakers, Full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card slot, Headset jack, HD video out Not much difference in the professional model a thickness of 13.5mm, and weighs a little more at 2.0 pounds.  You get a little better display, battery life and bigger hard drive if you choose the 128 gig. Windows Professional Surface Operating System – Windows 8 Professional Battery – 42 W-h (About 10 hours) Processor – Intel third-generation Core Display – 10.6-inch multi-touch display with resolution of 1920 x 1080 16:9 RAM – 2GB of RAM Storage – 64 or 128GB Camera – 720p rear and front-facing cameras Ports – Stereo speakers, Full-size USB 2.0, microSDXC card slot, Headset jack, HD video out
  • September 22, 2012

    Disable annoying Java Update notification

    If you’re sick of getting prompted for Java Update, or if you have some web application like Banner that requires a particular version, you can use a simple registry hack to disable notification of available updates. Open the Registry Editor by going to the Start button and typing in regedt32. Navigate through to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREJavaSoftJava UpdatePolicy Change the value of EnableAutoUpdateCheck to 0 and the value of EnableJavaUpdate to 0. Java should no longer prompt you for the annoying updates.