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Microsoft® patches Windows® and Internet Explorer®

In February 2011, Microsoft issued three bulletins related to the Internet Explorer (IE) security based patches for each week. These bulletins address 22 security vulnerabilities. MS11-003 carries updates related to 4 vulnerabilities. Also included is a fix for the bug that is outlined in the Microsoft advisory. This is a bug that could give outsiders access to a person’s settings.

Focused on this vulnerability, the task of removing this bug has been downplayed by Microsoft. To put this point through, Microsoft released telemetry statistics to state how the vulnerability can stack up against the patched vulnerability of Windows Shell, and explaining why a fix could not be released other than the normal cycle of release.

The next vulnerability addressed is the attack on thumbnail image. This fixes a loophole in the security of Microsoft Windows Graphic Engine that allows attacks on the files with thumbnail address. It allows outsiders gain knowledge and use of the incumbent’s computer and makes them load a specially formatted image. This problem is there in Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. However, it is absent in Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 as Microsoft puts it.

The third or the other vulnerability is against open type compact font attack that has led to load a malicious font type which then spreads to the system. Rating second in the index, this vulnerability is rendered a patch remedy now. The vulnerability has also been disclosed privately and rates high in the index list.  Along with these patches, Microsoft is also changing the Autorun facility on USB thumb drives in previous versions of Windows, earlier than Windows 7.

The update tackles basically 22 vulnerabilities that have come up in the course of the discovering of vulnerabilities as per reports and actual experiences. The extent to which these vulnerabilities affect the Windows operating system is to a great extent available to Microsoft based on which they release patches and updates every week. On February 8, 2011, these patches were released which would have taken effect by now.

Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 RTM

It’s almost one year, since Microsoft has launched its latest operating system Windows 7. Windows 7 includes many changes in graphical user interface, applications and utilities. These are the upgraded functionalities, which are not available in the earlier versions of operating systems from Microsoft. After making such major upgradation to the Windows operating system, there are still some bugs. These bugs that are either reported by the users or else the developer analyze them after testing. To remove such bugs and errors in Windows, Microsoft releases its update patch and service packs timely. Such an update to Windows 7 operating system was released recently with Windows 7 Service Pack 1, which is also known as SP1. The updated system with the updates released by Microsoft Windows are less vulnerable to security threats and attacks and make

system more reliable to use.

The virtualization team has released 7601.17514.win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850. More specifically, it is the Russian version of Microsoft windows 7 Service Pack 1. Generally, Microsoft releases its update patches and service packs on Tuesdays but this time Windows 7 SP1 is released on Thursday. So, it’s still not clear that either this update is released as a testing version or as a full fledged Service Pack from Microsoft.

Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are two versions of Microsoft OS, where this new service pack update will be applicable. This update will be applicable to any version of windows 7 and windows server 2008 R2. If you wish to update your OS with this Service Pack, its necessary to have KB976902 update on your Operating System running on either Windows 7 and windows server 2008 R2. In January 2011 Microsoft announces the release of its update blocker tool and the arrival of Windows 7 service Pack 1.

This service pack will contain some additional features and capabilities to handle applications running on the system. A 3-D riched graphical user interface will be provided for the remote user of the system as this update of Service Pack contains the files associated with RemoteFX.

The enhancement of Remote FX will boost the capabilities of RDP’s graphical interface. The major changes in Remote FX will include multiple display at a time and providing the full remote experience to the RemoteFX. A technique known as host based rendering is used by RemoteFX through which the image displayed on the remotely located host computer system is improved. Right now, there are some flaws in vitalizing a host computer system that will be removed in the next update of Windows 7. With the next update of Windows 7, Microsoft is going to remove several bugs to make computing more secure, fast and reliable.

Microsoft® readies locked-down Windows® 7 Thin PCs

Microsoft is about to bring its Software Assurance volume licensing customers a more compact package with a locked down version of Windows 7 to function as Microsoft calls it a “Thin Client”. Microsoft has announced an upcoming product named Windows Thin PC SKU. This according to the company will give its users dual use advantage with the facility to double up their existing PCs as thin clients. Windows Commercial General Manager Gavriella Schuster explained that PCs equipped with WinTPC wouldn’t need the Virtual Desktop Access license which is a must for users of regular thin clients. This release coincided with the release of the much awaited Service Pack 1 of Windows 7 and windows Server 2008 R2.

The new service pack contains software for Microsoft Dynamic Memory which will allow Windows Server Hyper-V to dynamically allocate more or less memory as required to each virtual device. Also remote FX graphics are expected to be delivered which will bring a boost to 3D applications and also helps deployment of Windows 7 through virtual machines using this technology. RemoteFX was acquired after the acquisition of Calista Technologies by Microsoft. According to Microsoft executives, Windows 7 SP1 client PCs can utilize RemoteFX and turn into hosted thin clients which have the ability to link back to a centralized smart platform like a computer.

Microsoft had earlier offered along with the Windows Vista platform to its users a thin client feature. Microsoft had featured a licensing option with its previous operating system Windows Vista called as Windows Vista Enterprise Centralised Desktop at a competitive price of $23  for each desktop for its clients under the software assurance scheme.

According to executives at Microsoft, WinTPC is a new revised and worked on version of WinFLP. WinFLP was based on the Windows XP SP3 version while the new WinTPC is based on the Windows 7 OS. However, Microsoft has made it clear that WinTPC has no relation to VECD, Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop (VECD) is quite different from WinTPC as VECD was a license program that allows its users access to Windows VDI platform. Microsoft reiterated that WinTPC is a Software Assurance benefit and a locked down, smaller footprint version of the Windows 7 OS that is designed to help use PCs as thin clients.

This is another tool from Microsoft to revolutionize the way you use computers in your work environment. Microsoft is continuously innovating and coming up with new and low cost ways to influence the way you work and interact in the professional environment. It will be available for download from the Microsoft Connect site in the first half of 2011. This will be a public beta version of the platform not a release client or a finished product which will be available to select users to test and find out bugs if any in this platform.

Microsoft® Windows® 7 SP1 Released To OEMs

Microsoft’s Windows 7 is the latest operating system. Now Microsoft recently offered the Windows 7 SP1 version. The final build of Windows 7 SP1 has been confirmed by Microsoft’s Russian Windows Virtualization team.

They have made it clear that the service pack will now be available for the public. As we are expecting that Microsoft released the service packs to OEMs and we are hoping that for public it may be released on a later date.

Now Microsoft recently posted a software update and the update will apply to all versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The update is named as KB976902 and if you want to remove and install any service packs of all versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 then this update is necessary.

Microsoft released a service pack Blocker Tool that makes us to speculate that they are going to release Service Pack 1. Microsoft always releases service pack blocker Tool Kit around two months before they release service packs. They also published a Windows 7 release candidate build to mark the final push to RTM.

The service pack 1 that was launched will include RemoteFX, for remote users the RemoteFX will provide rich 3-D graphical experience. The service pack will also include several updates. These updates were also released sometime ago for Windows update for both Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Everybody is quiet confused with the use and features of RemoteFX. This is the tool which is used to enhance the RDP’s remote capabilities. This tool can be used for all types of clients which uses the low cost thin clients. It can also be used to experience the multiple remote display and for AERO.

A special technique called host-based rendering is used by RemoteFX to achieve this. The host-based rendering technique compress the final screen image and sent it down to the remote host that will render locally on the Remote PC. These enhancements will improve the quality of virtualized computing by improving the video streaming across remote sessions.

Recently Windows 7 completed its first birthday with a whopping 240 million licenses sold in the first year. The SP1 was expected to have launched by March 31, 2011 as Microsoft officials promised.

Windows 7 is getting very popular now and we are hoping the new SP1 will surely going to make it big. These updates will improve the quality that it was using previously by Windows 7.

Windows® 7 SP1 in OEM Stage

Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) thus fuelling rumors of its availability to the users soon. The information about it being sent to OEM’s was available through Microsoft’s Russian Technet website.

Windows 7 SP1 will be including a software pack for windows server 2008 R2 and workstation virtualization, also software for Microsoft Dynamic Memory which will allow Windows Server Hyper-V to dynamically allocate more or less memory as required to each virtual device. Software for Remote FX graphics are expected to be delivered soon. RemoteFX brings a boost to 3D applications and also helps deployment of Windows 7 through virtual machines using this technology. RemoteFX was acquired after the acquisition of Calista Technologies by Microsoft. Microsoft still insists these are ‘enhancements’ rather than new features. It is also rumored to include support for more third party federation services, better HDMI device support. The service pack is to look into several serious performances related bugs that might have crept into the original pack.

It is essentially a collection of security and other reliability patches which have already been previously released in the form of updates to the operating system. The first version of service pack has already been shipped to Original Equipment Manufacturers. This was reported in by TechNet through Microsoft’s Russian windows visualization team.

Microsoft Windows ensures software security of its Operating Systems and releases updates on the second Tuesday of every month and also frequent Service packs.

Judging by the time Microsoft took for the first service pack for Windows Vista an early 2011 release seems a good bet.

Windows 7 is one of Microsoft’s success stories that it will harp on for time to come. Microsoft will ensure that this success story is carried forward unblemished. Also among users it has been well received and they are eagerly awaiting the Service Pack release. It had received a tremendous reception among users as compared to the Windows Vista. Windows Vista had such a poor reception that it was common for people to downgrade to XP however Vista and Windows 7 were both duly optimized for multicore CPUs and hard core performance in running heavy duty applications. Windows 7 also trumps Vista in booting with XP coming a close second and Vista a miserable third. Windows 7 delivered excellent results and proved its might by beating or coming close to the performance of the lightweight XP in just about every category of performance testing the three Operating Systems can be subjected to.

It comes as no surprise that many are waiting for the launch of a service pack and wondering how Microsoft can further enhance the Windows 7 experience. Sevrice Pack 1 is going to be available in the market soon to answer all such queries.

Disappointment in Windows 7 as patch may be released in 2011

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are Microsoft`s fastest selling global products. Many have been awaiting the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 also known as Windows 7 SP1, but unfortunately enthusiasts have been disappointed by Microsoft’s announcement in the FAQ section on their TechNet site that the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 should come out sometime in the first half of 2011. The Windows 7 Service Pack 1 provides updates and operating system support and improvement to both, Windows 7 as well as Windows Server 2008 R2. In order to install it, the operating system required would be the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

Though the rumored release date is said to be in April 2011, skeptics expect the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be released before that as Microsoft usually sets a date much later than they plan to deliver to make sure they can meet the deadline; though there is nothing to confirm if it will be out sooner than announced.

Though not expected to feature any major updates, the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will indeed feature an improved Remote Desktop Client and improved Dynamic Memory functionality. Windows 7 however has very few aspects that actually need updates and the few minor issues can be fixed once the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is installed. In an announcement made on July 12, 2010 Microsoft advised that instead of waiting on the Windows 7 Service Pack 1, one can go ahead and start the migration to Windows 7. The Windows 7 Service Pack 1 includes enhanced functionality and improvements to virtualization, new updates that have not been accessible as well as ones that have already been previously made available on Windows Update and addresses feedback from consumers.

Microsoft had also launched a public beta version of the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 in July 2010 though this is mainly for enterprise and not home users. The download is around 1.2 GB. This is helpful if you want to test the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 but keep in mind that Microsoft does not provide support for the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 beta version. The beta pack provides constant Windows 7 updates and operating system maintenance. Once the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is out in 2011, you will have to uninstall the beta version to install the Windows 7 Service Pack 1.It is advisable to back up all of your data before uninstalling the beta pack and installing the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 .The beta version is available in English, German, French, Spanish and Japanese making it a globally user-friendly support system. It expires on June 30, 2011 but you will be reminded about this commencing March 30, 2011.

Windows 7 has become the fastest selling Windows operating system of all time and has sold around 150 licenses. Installing the service pack will ensure that your operating system gives you full functionality as well as value for your investment.

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