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Archive for May, 2006

Reminder: We have forums!

Posted by gamerzworld on May 29, 2006

The forums are really really quiet. So if you missed our post a while back about the launching of the forums this is a reminder!

Come join the forums!

Posted By Aj Collins


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Announcing IE7+

Posted by gamerzworld on May 28, 2006

Whats IE7+ you say? IE7+ is a version of IE7 that is Windows Vista only. IE7+ has a couple of more features than IE7. The features are Protected Mode, Parental Controls, and improved Network Diagnostics.

IEBlog on MSDN

Posted By Aj Collins

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Screen Shots of Windows Anytime Upgrade!

Posted by gamerzworld on May 26, 2006

Windows Anytime Upgrade is a service from Microsoft that lets you upgrade Windows Vista. Say you have Home Basic and you want to upgrade to Premium or Ultimate. Windows Anytime Upgrade lets you do just that. Here are some pics for you.

Digg this story!

Posted By Aj Collins

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Windows Vista Beta 2 Screen Shots! (Ulitimate)

Posted by gamerzworld on May 25, 2006

Here you go! Screen Shots of Windows Vista Ulitimate Edition Beta 2! I plan to get some screen shots of other Vista SKUs later.


Posted By Aj Collins

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Vista Beta 2 and Office 2007 Beta 2 ARE HERE!

Posted by gamerzworld on May 23, 2006

Yes! Windows Vista Beta 2 and Office 2007 Beta 2 are here! Currently, Vista Beta 2 is only for IT professionals and developers with MSDN and Tech-Net subscriptions for right now but in the coming weeks, Microsoft will start the Windows Vista Customer Preview Program (CPP) for developers and IT professionals who are not members of the subscription services. As for Office 2007 Beta 2, its public but the site to get the keys and download is getting slammed. I'm currently downloading Vista Beta 2 so expect some screen shots real soon. I will update this post if needed.


Q:What is the Customer Preview Program (CPP)?
A:Its basically means public.

Q:Is Vista Beta 2 on Connect?

Q:Will I need a new Product Key for Vista Beta 2?
A:Yes and No. You will need a new Product Key if you want to test Business,Home Premium,Home Basic,Enterprise Server,and Enterprise Server IA64. You will NOT need a new Product Key if you want to test Ultimate Edition.

Q:What Product Key do I use if I want to test Ultimate Edition?
A:Your keys from build 5342.

Q:My Product Key for Office 2007 is the same for others! Is this a glitch or an error?
Windows Vista Official Site (UPDATED!)
Office 2007

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Live Mail gets rolled back to M5

Posted by gamerzworld on May 20, 2006

The Windows Live Mail has rolled back to M5 due to some kinks in M6. Here is there blog entry….

You may have noticed that some of the new features in Windows Live Mail Beta have gone missing! Well, you’re right. We hit a couple of bumps with M6, our most recent release, but we’re working hard (and very late on a Friday) to bring back the great new features. In the meantime, we’ve restored the service to the prior release so that you can access your mail quickly and reliably without hitting any of those bumps. This is all new stuff we’re doing so we appreciate your patience while we work the kinks out.

For all you FireFox users out there, this means that you’re getting our Classic Hotmail experience for the time being. Don’t worry – we’ll get your new Windows Live experience working as soon as we can. And if you’ve been enjoying your Russian language version of Windows Live Mail, we’ll bring that right back, too.

Ben Poon

Windows Live Mail Beta Program Manager

Source: Live Mail Blog

By Aj Collins

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Windows Media Player 11 for XP is OUT!

Posted by gamerzworld on May 17, 2006

Some time ago pictures of Windows Media Player 11 for XP where leaked. Shortly after that
the installer was leaked. Now today Microsoft has released the official copy. This one is
different than the one that was leaked. This one is way faster than the private beta.
We tested an upgrade from the one that was leaked to the official one and it installed OK.

Official WMP 11 site
Direct Download (English)
Direct Download (German)
URGE Free 14 day trial

By Aj Collins

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Microsoft Office 2007 Beta-2 Public release! [soon]

Posted by gamerzworld on May 16, 2006

The Hot Fix just posted this……
"Beta-2 Build Coming Soon
We are busy making final preparations for the 2007 Microsoft Office Beta-2 release. While the 2007 Microsoft Office Beta-2 release will be a public release, we plan to release this to you on BetaPlace ( soon. In a departure from previous beta releases, the Beta-2 downloads will not be hosted on the BetaPlace download server but will located on the Microsoft Office Preview web site.

The Beta-2 build is suitable for limited production deployment within small, scoped deployments. There will be some areas of the product that function more effectively than before and other areas that display bugs or problems. Please continue to log bugs in BetaPlace and use the newsgroups for product support.

There will be no upgrade from 2007 Microsoft Office Beta 1TR to the Beta-2 build. It will be necessary to uninstall previous versions of 2007 Microsoft Office before installing 2007 Microsoft Office Beta-2. The server products will have no upgrade capability from the refreshed Beta-1 versions to the Beta-2 versions.

Beta-2 System Requirements
We will provide a link to the full system guidelines on the Product Downloads page of the 2007 Microsoft Office web site ( to help you see optimal 2007 Microsoft Office Beta-2 performance.

Beta-2 E-mail to Expect from Microsoft
When we release the Beta-2 build, each official Technical Beta participant will receive an e-mail from that includes instructions on the new download process and product key information. In the spirit of ensuring everyone is able to access BetaPlace when Beta-2 releases, we will be contacting our 2007 Microsoft Office beta participants in hourly batches throughout the day."

Once its out to the public it will be posted at . If you want an email when its out then head over to The sign up page.

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Microsoft Sends Rocks!

Posted by gamerzworld on May 14, 2006

Well Microsoft is trying to make it clear to resellers that they want to crack down on illegal resellers, by sending rocks!

[Pictures: The Inquirer]

Posted by: Aj Collins

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Enable Vista’s new Bootscreen!

Posted by gamerzworld on May 14, 2006

1. Boot into Vista
2. Once it’s started, press Windows key+R to open the Run dialog, and type in msconfig then press OK.
3. Once it’s opened, switch to the Boot tab and make a tick to No GUI Boot.
4. Click on Apply and OK and reboot your PC.

Thanks to the AeroXP for hosting this on their forums!

Click image to view video

Source: MSBLOG

Posted by: Aj Collins

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