Installing Telnet Client on Microsoft Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008

Missing the classic telnet.exe  (Telnet Client) on Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2? Microsoft removed the Telnet Client starting with Microsoft Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008.

To get it back / install it, use pkgmgr on the Client Operating Systems and ServerManagerCMD on the Server Operating Systems..

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Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7 – To ease remote server management, you can download and install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows® 7 on computers that are running Windows 7.

About Remote Server Administration Tools

You can install the Administration Tools pack on computers that are running the Windows 7 operating system, and use the Administration Tools pack to manage specific technologies on computers that are running either Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or, in some cases, Windows Server 2003.

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Windows 7 keyboard shortcut (ctrl+shift+click)/ combination to start program elevated

Did you know, in Microsoft Windows 7 there’s a shortcut to start an application elevated. Just press ctrl-shift and double click on the application icon and it will prompt you for elevation. i think this is a nice and handy feature!

I don’t know, and can’t test it a the moment – my systems are all upgraded to Microsoft Windows 7 – if this shortcut is also available in Windows Vista. Maybe one could write a comment and confirm whether this shortcut is available in Microsoft Windows Vista or not.

Free Windows XP Mode Licence for Windows 7 Ultimate and Professional Users

Microsoft offers – probably for downwards compatibility issues – a free Microsoft Windows XP Licence in the form of a Virtual Machine plus the virtualization ‘platform’ Windows Virtual PC, successor to Virtual PC 2007. This version of WindowsVirtual PC is only compatible to run on Microsoft Windows 7.

Features of Virtual PC for Microsoft Windows 7:

  • USB support and redirection – connect peripherals such as flash drives and digital cameras, and print from the guest to host OS printers
  • Seamless application publishing and launching – run Windows XP Mode applications directly from the Windows 7 desktop
  • Support for multithreading – run multiple virtual machines concurrently, each in its own thread for improved stability and performance
  • Smart card redirection – use smart cards connected to the host
  • Integration with Windows Explorer – manage all VMs from a single Explorer folder (%USER%\Virtual Machines)

The virtual machine is called Microsoft Windows XP Mode (XPM) for Microsoft Windows 7 and is – as of today – available for download in Release Candidate (RC) state.

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Installing Microsoft Windows Vista / Windows 7 from a USB Stick

Today, more and more systems come without a CD / DVDROM (Netbooks, small Notebooks). If i buy a new system, i never equip it with a built-in CD / DVDROM. If i need to boot such a system from a ROM Media, i always attach one using USB. Or whenever possible, i put the content of the media on a memory card like an USB stick.

This is a quick tutorial about booting the setup and installing Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7 or Microsoft Windows Server 2008 from a USB Stick or a USB Harddisk / Harddrive. This procedure can also be used for other types of memory cards like SD, MMC or XD, as long as the system can be configured to boot from such a device (check out the BIOS bootable devices and boot order). Continue reading

Extending the evaluation period of Microsoft Windows 7

You can extend the 30 days evaluation period of Microsoft Windows 7 for 3 times. That means, if you do not enter a product key during the setup of Microsoft Windows 7, it will automatically run in evaluation mode for 30 days. After this period, you can extend the evaluation period for another 30 days. This procedure can be repeated three times. Rumours say, that even this behavior can be changed..

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Overview of the Microsoft Windows 7 Editions (x86/x64)

An overview of the different Microsoft Windows 7 Editions

ProductEditionPlatformSize
Microsoft Windows 7Starter(x86)2,385.99 (MB)
Microsoft Windows 7Home Basic(x86)2,385.99 (MB)
Microsoft Windows 7Home Premium(x64)3,075.30 (MB)
Microsoft Windows 7Home Premium(x86)2,385.99 (MB)
Microsoft Windows 7Professional(x64)3,075.30 (MB)
Microsoft Windows 7Professional(x86)2,385.99 (MB)
Microsoft Windows 7Enterprise(x64)2,976.62 (MB)
Microsoft Windows 7Enterprise(x86)2,289.20 (MB)
Microsoft Windows 7Ultimate(x64)3,075.30 (MB)
Microsoft Windows 7Ultimate(x86)2,385.99 (MB)

Installing Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition

Ok, as a MSDN Subscriber, i just got access to the long awaited Microsoft Windows 7.

The filename of the RTM build for Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition is tagged ‘en_windows_7_ultimate_x64_dvd_X15-65922.iso’ for the x64 (64bit) and ‘en_windows_7_ultimate_x86_dvd_x15-65921.iso’ for the 32bit version.

Overview of the different Microsoft Windows 7 Editions

To install Microsoft Windows 7 i took an USB stick, made it bootable, copied to content of the ISO on the stick and installed it from there.

Read here for a tutorial about installing Microsoft Windows Vista or Microsoft Windows 7 from USB Stick

Here are some screens i captured during the installation..

Booting from the source media

Microsoft_Windows_7_Setup_Starting

Microsoft_Windows_7_Setup_Starting

Microsoft_Windows_7_Setup_WelcomeScreen

Microsoft_Windows_7_Setup_WelcomeScreen

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