Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What version of Windows 7 do I need?

This article contains a nice chart of a breakdown of what is (and is not included) in the Win 7 Ultimate, Pro & Home Premium versions.
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Win 7 Pricing

Retail the Home Premium version will list for $200, Pro $300 and Ultimate $320. Of course Windows rarely sells at list price. The upgrade prices are supposed to be $120 for Home Premium, $200 for Pro and $220 for Ultimate. Redmond has cut the price of the Home Premium, expected to be its most popular retail product, 10% below what Vista Home Premium was priced when it was released.

If you are a consumer and you pre-order Win7 from for instance Amazon you can supposedly get a better deal: more than 50% off for Home or Pro but the offer will only run until July 11 in the US and Canada. A similar offer will start on July 15 in the UK, France and Germany.

But if you are an Enterprise, and you want to restock with new PCs and take advantage of Redmond's Win7 Upgrade, you might be very disappointed.

Under this program, debuting Friday June 26, anyone who buys a PC from a participating manufacturer or retailer that is fitted with a Vista OS will receive upgrades to Windows 7 at little or no cost. But here is a catch: there is a limit of 25 PCs per individual under the program. A single company counts as an individual. Here is the InfoWorld article that has the scoop:
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

How to copy music from your iPod to your iTunes library

I have been looking for a long time for a straight forward method to get the songs off of an iPod when moving to a new machine. This article is very straight forward in it's approach. I have not tried it myself but the instructions seem to make sense.
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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

How to boot XP from a flash drive

Did you know that you can put a bootable copy of Windows XP on a USB flash drive? It comes in handy when a computer won't boot from its hard disk, or if you want to run your own operating system, configured as you like it, on someone else's computer. You'll need an XP Setup CD and a flash drive with sufficient capacity (I recommend 1 to 2 GB if you're going to install programs, too). The drive needs to be no larger than 2 GB because you'll be using the FAT16 file system. Also be aware that older computers may not boot from a removable drive.

You'll need a couple of freeware tools to get the job done. For complete instructions, along with screenshots, see "Windows in your Pocket":
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