Windows Updates Cleanup Utility Add-on for Windows 7 SP1

Microsoft has just released a new add-on (but, they call it a Hotfix for some reason) for Windows 7 computers running SP1. The new Windows Update Cleanup installs and plugs in to the standard Windows 7 Disk Cleanup wizard maintenance utility. Once installed, Windows Update Cleanup becomes just another option you can choose in the wizard.

  • The Windows Update Cleanup option is available only when the Disk Cleanup wizard detects Windows updates that you do not need on the computer.
  • To enable you to roll back to previous updates, updates are stored in the WinSxS store even after they are superseded by later updates. Therefore, after you run the Disk Cleanup wizard, you may be unable to roll back to a superseded update. If you want to roll back to a superseded update that the Disk Cleanup wizard deletes, you can manually install the update.

You must have administrator permissions to clean up Windows update files.

  1. Start the Disk Cleanup wizard. To do this, use one of the following methods:
    • Method 1: Click Start, type cleanmgr in the Start Search box, and then click OK.
    • Method 2: Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.
    • Method 3: If a Low Disk Space notification appears, click the notification to open the Disk Cleanup wizard.
  2. Select the Windows 7 system drive, and then click OK.

    Note This operation might take several seconds because the Disk Cleanup wizard searches for files on the drive that can be cleaned up.

  3. If the Windows Update Cleanup option is not displayed on the Disk Cleanup tab, click Clean up system files. If the Windows Update Cleanup option is displayed on the Disk Cleanup tab, go to step 5.

    Note The Windows Update Cleanup option is available only when you log on by using administrator permissions.

  4. Select the Windows 7 system drive, and then click OK.
  5. On the Disk Cleanup tab, select Windows Update Cleanup, and then click OK.

    Note By default, the Windows Update Cleanup option is already selected.

  6. When a dialog box appears, click Delete Files.

To download the utility (Hotfix) from here: Windows Update Cleanup

What you can do with the Windows 7 taskbar?

In Windows 7, the  taskbar has been completely redesigned to help you more easily manage and access your most important files and programs. As of Windows 7, the taskbar has been extended significantly under the guiding principle of getting users where they’re going as quickly and efficiently as possible. To that end, the application windows, files, and commands that the user needs to accomplish that are now centralized into a single taskbar button that consolidates previously scattered information sources and controls. A user can now find common tasks, recent and frequent files, alerts, progress notifications, and thumbnails for individual documents or tabs all in one place.

A small set of applications are pinned by default for new installations. Other than these, only the user can pin further applications; programmatic pinning by an application is not permitted. The Show Desktop feature from Quick Launch is now located at the taskbar’s far right. Hovering over this area causes all active windows to become transparent, showing the desktop. Clicking the area executes the familiar action of minimizing all windows and switching to the desktop.

You can just drag your web pages/programs to the task bar and the icon is created plus the menu available to that program is also na take a look at what i created for me…my facebook, twitter, linkedin and my blog page…hmm


Change how icons appear in the notification area…to know click here


Piracy Detection update – Windows 7 users

The Windows Activation Technologies Update for Windows 7, the Windows Genuine patch is designed to detect more than 70 known and potentially dangerous activation hacks, according to a February 11 post about the update on the Windows Team blog.  They are planning to push the update first to Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise users via Windows Update later this month, and also plans to make the update available for download via the site starting February 16 and on the Microsoft Download Center as of February 17.

Windows 7 – stabilized platform


One of the best Os platform, after XP, from Microsoft…with this, collaboration towards Windows Server 2008 R2, SharePoint Server 2010(Now on Beta), Microsoft Office 2010 (Now on Beta), Exchange 2010, and now Greatplains 11(Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 – Beta release) full integration….i’m so happy to see these integration running  within next few month, in our office….

See what PC authority has to say about the features from Windows 7. Windows 7 should now be feature-locked, though some changes will appear in the release candidate in late 2009, so this is your best guide to the new Operating System. … To know more, click here

Microsoft DirectAccess – Windows server 2008 R2 with Windows 7

Microsoft’s is connecting Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 for connect-anywhere access using DirectAccess technology

DirectAccess is a way for Windows 7 clients to securely connect the corporate network from any location without  any traditional VPN. It encrypts bidirectional connection between the enterprise domain and the client device prior to the user logging on to the system, allowing admins to manage the remote machine via Group Policy and it physically connected to the network and always stays on. This is very useful for network administrator to troubleshoot the server. Greater functionality means greater hardware and software requirements.

The following list of DirectAccess requirements comes directly from Microsoft TechNet:

One or more DirectAccess servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 with two network adapters:
One connected directly to the Internet, and a second connected to the intranet.
On the DirectAccess server, at least two consecutive, public IPv4 addresses assigned to the network adapter that’s connected to the Internet.

DirectAccess clients running Windows 7.
At least one domain controller and DNS server running Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
A public key infrastructure (PKI) to issue computer certificates to the protection for traffic.

IPv6 transition technologies available for use on the DirectAccess server: ISATAP, Teredo, and 6to4. Optionally, DirectAccess runs over IPv6 and only connects to Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 with SP2 and most of the network are still on IPv4. In order for DirectAccess to communicate over the Internet, bridging protocols such as 6to4 or Teredo have to be used to encapsulate IPv6 packets over any IPv4 medium or network device.