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Is Windows 7 the best MS OS ever?

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Since Microsoft came to life the quality of the Microsoft OS's has varied. Bill Gates was a smart man when he realized that IBM had dropped the ball and contended all the money to be made in PCs was in the hardware and not the software..nice move IBM. He went out and bought an OS, licensed it and Microsoft was born. DOS was ... well..a Disk Operating System. That was about it. Since then an OS is not only defined by how it manages the disks and hardware but also by the software it comes bundled with. Email, Drawing, Web browsers all now are part of the OS. In reality the OS stands for "Operating System" NOT "software bundle", but things have evolved and it is what it is.

Some of the poorer Microsoft OSs were ME, Vista, some of the DOS versions, etc. Like so many large corporations Microsoft strayed from making sure an OS did what it was supposed to do, operate the system. Thus we got operating systems like these that were not stable, forced users to reboot constantly, were bloated resource hogs and frankly took advantage of the mindless masses who though that other OSs like MAC and Linux did not matter.To them Microsoft was the only game in town. In point of fact Linux has evolved well and is uber stable, and Macintosh also has a fine OS. With the Vista mess Microsoft finally got a reality shot when the masses stood up and revolted, installing XP on their brand new PCs and throwing Vista out the windows (pun intended).

Microsoft realized they had to get back to the roots of what and OS is and create a stable platform that will be reliable and easy for the end users...us. With Windows 7 they nailed it. The PCModer staff have been using Windows 7 since the beta days and we have to say it...maybe somewhat begrudgingly... they got it right. Looking at the MAC OS and using an interface that is very much like that, fixing the back end code making it a stable system like Linux, Windows 7 may go down as the best OS Microsoft ever deployed.

It is not a resource hog, has a great interface, it is insinuative, and does not crash with frustrating regularity! Will it save Microsoft (or at least their reputation)? Well most likely those that were looking at MAC and Linux will now return to the Windows fold so they will stop loosing market share, and maybe gain some. With Windows 7 the have put a finger in the dike that could have resulting in them ultimately no longer being the dominate OS. This time they pulled it together and got it right. Will they get lazy and for get the lesson of Vista, releasing a bad OS again....only time will tell.

 

Warning Hackers, Windows 7 activation hack being fixed

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For those of you who have an illegal version of Windows 7 you may want to pay attention. Microsoft is set to send out an update that will detect your hacked version of Windows 7 and end your free ride. Windows Activation Technologies (WAT), formerly known as Windows Genuine Advantage, will get an update next week that will check license validation on Windows 7, aiming to remove known activation cracks and certify that copies are legit. Microsoft says that it’s for your own protection, we are sure all of you are happy to hear this.

Microsoft will release an update to WAT, on February 16, when it is available online, and push this to everyone later this month, that will validate Windows 7 licenses and “…detect more than 70 known and potentially dangerous activation exploits. Activation exploits are sometimes called ‘hacks’, and attempt to bypass or compromise Windows’ activation technologies. This new update is further evidence of Microsoft’s commitment to keeping customers and partners secure. The update will determine whether Windows 7 installed on a PC is genuine and will better protect customers’ PCs by making sure that the integrity of key licensing components remains intact,” says Joe Williams, general manager of Worldwide Genuine Windows at Microsoft.


This will be listed as an "Important" update. After you install your computer will call the great Microsoft mother ship every 90 days to make sure you are still legal. Sounds fun huh. “If Windows 7 is non-genuine, the notifications built into Windows 7 will inform the customer that Windows is not genuine by displaying informational dialog boxes with options for the customer to either get more information, or acquire genuine Windows. The desktop wallpaper will be switched to a plain desktop (all of the customer’s desktop icons, gadgets, or pinned applications stay in place). Periodic reminders and a persistent desktop watermark act as further alerts to the customer…When tampering, disabling, or missing licensing files are discovered, the WAT Update runs a check and repair weekly to ensure that the licensing files are properly repaired,” Williams explained.

This install is optional and you can continue to get updates and not install this one, but for those who don't know their PC will start to phone home this month. Surprisingly, there's no catch, at least not yet. If you don't install the patch, you will still be permitted to download other Windows updates. It's unclear whether the fixes will be present in Windows 7 Service Pack 1, in which case you won't have a choice.

 

How to enable Windows 7 GOD mode

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All Hail the Microsoft Programming Gods. Windows 7 God mode is a function you can unlock (that was not advertised) which will allow you to customize all your system settings from one place. This looks like it was something developers forgot to remove and it leaked out. Of course PCModers would be very interested in this ability to modify your Windows 7 system easily. Here are the steps to enable it.

1: Right click.

2: Click create folder.

3: Name new folder "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}" and press enter.

4: The folder icon changes form to look like the control panel.

 

Once you open this folder you will have access to a wide array of configurations you can tweak easily, all from one place...NICE..Click on the picture below to see the items you have access to in this new folder.

 

godmode tasks

 

Windows 7 Pro for Students only $19

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Yes you read that right! Talk about a discount for Windows and the lowest price for Windows 7! Students can get a fully licensed version of Windows 7 Pro for only $19! You have to do a little wangeling but yes indeed it is legal and for real! In order to get this you must join the Association for Computing Machinery ($19 for students), as part of the membership you get access to the full MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) catalogue. This membership provides access to hundreds of Microsoft products free of charge. That includes Windows 7!

In the catalog are both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 in English, French, Chinese, and Spanish. All  versions and languages are accompanied by a unique product key that works with any version and language of Windows 7 Professional. In all that means you get a total of 8 product keys. Any high-school or undergraduate student qualifies for the student membership according to their form. As a bonus you get copy of the monthly Communications of the ACM (CACM), along with access to the electronic issue of Communications through the ACM Digital Library, MemberNet, TechNews, ACM's tri-weekly IT news digest, CareerNews, ACM's bi-weekly IT career news digest, as well as access to over 2,500 online courses in multiple languages, 1,000 virtual labs, and 1,100 online books, plus full access to the ACM Career Center are included in your member dues. (Members create a free account to access the electronic CACM.)

If you are a student and want Windows 7 Pro GO FOT IT!!!

 

Windows 7 Drivers

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With the release of Windows 7 there are many driver compatability or driver use issues. We will list some of the harder to find and general driver links here. Also if you find a solution to a driver issue please let us know and we will post it.

 

Sound card Drivers

Creative

HP

M-Audio

Turtle Beach

Yamaha


Video Card Drivers

ATI

BFG

HP

Nvidia

PNY

 

 

 

 
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