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Installing Windows Vista without CD/DVD Drive

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15th March 2008

Installing Windows Vista without CD/DVD Drive

Just in case anyone else needs to do this out there…

I recently got myself a nice ThinkPad X60 Tablet PC. It doesn’t come with a DVD-Drive and although I have an external DVD drive, I just can’t seem to find its power adapter. Argg!

In order to do this, you must have the following:

  • Windows XP installed on the PC you want to install Vista to.

Procedure

  1. Log in into Windows XP on the PC you want to install Vista to.
  2. Use Partition Magic or another partitioning tool and create a second partition for Vista. Make it a Primary Partition (don’t know if this is required but this is what I did). Format the second partition with NTFS. Your Windows XP installation will be left alone and you will be able to dual boot to it.
  3. Create a folder (let’s called it "c:\VistaInstall") and copy all files from the Vista DVD / ISO there (either extract the files from an ISO image using a Virtual CD/DVD emulator like Daemon Tools, or copy the files from another PC with a DVD drive over the network).
  4. Run Setup.exe from c:\VistaInstall.
  5. Choose Custom Install and follow the prompts to select the second partition you created.
  6. Follow the rest of the on-screen instructions.

As part of the installation, Vista Setup will copy the installation files to the new partition. After it reboots, it’ll have all the files there to continue.

After you are done with the install, you can delete the temporary folder c:\VistaInstall that you created.

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10th March 2008

Finds of the Week, March 9, 2008

Programming

C#/.NET

Software and Tools

Something a Little Different

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4th March 2008

Finds of the Week – March 2, 2008

Programming

C#.NET

.NET Tips & Tricks

  • Did you know you can give threads any names you want (MSDN)? The names are extremely useful when it comes to debugging time:

    Thread names and debugging

  • System.IO.Directory.CreateDirectory will create all directories and subdirectories as specified by the path parameter. No need to write code to create each directory in the chain. Just do this:
    Directory.CreateDirectory(@"c:\MyApp\Env\Dev");
  • System.IO.Path.GetDirectoryName returns the directory name from a fully qualified file name.

Powershell

  • Round-robin game scheduling algorithm in Powershell. By Scott Hanselman. Check out my C# 2.0 algorithm in the comments section.
  • Mitch Denny wrote How To: Host the PowerShell Runtime.
  • Use Powershell array expression syntax @(…) allows you to force a scalar return value to be wrapped in a array, if it’s not already in an array. I learned about this the hard way while trying to figure out while Get-Childitem sometimes returns an array and sometimes a scalar. Bruce Payette wrote more about it here.

Windows Mobile / Pocket PC

  • I needed a way to stream music and other media to my Windows Mobile phone (Samsung SCH-i760) and all the PCs around the house. Orb seems to be the answer. I’ve only had it running for a few days but it seems to be working great. I can stream music and photos (have not tested videos yet) to any PC in the house or anywhere on the net. I can also listen to my entire music library on my i760 phone anytime, anywhere through Verizon Wireless’s unlimited (with a catch… not to exceed 5GB) EDVO connection.

    Orb Mycast

  • I am a Google Mobile guy, but Yahoo! Go for Windows Mobile also looks very cool. I downloaded it to my Samsung SCH-i760 a few days ago. I am still checking it out but here are a few things I like:
    • Nice and responsive interface.
    • Built-in RSS Reader.
    • Street and satellite maps.

      Here are a few screenshots:

      Yahoo! Go

      Yahoo! Go

      Yahoo! Go Weather 

Software and Tools

  • You can configure Notepad++ to always use spaces for tabs/indentation. The option is a little hidden. It’s in Settings/Preferences/MISC, under Tab Setting:

    Notepad++ tab to spaces setting

Something a Little Different

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18th February 2008

Finds of the Week – February 17, 2008

.NET

Software and Tools

  • Looking for a free sharepoint host? You can get a free sharepoint account with 5MB disk space, 5 users from Frontpages Web Hosting Network. Link is here.

Gadgets

  • The HD format war is over. I am waiting for Blu-ray players go go down to the $150 range before I’ll get one.

And Now, Something A Little Different

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13th February 2008

Finds of the Week – February 11, 2008

Finds of the Week is on break for the Lunar New Year/Tet holiday. The series will resume next week.

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13th February 2008

Not So Great Experience with Verizon FIOS Web Support

My Verizon FIOS router (ActionTech MI424WR) died the other day. So I tried to contact Verizon Online tech support to get a replacement. Well, they certainly don’t make it easy.

On the support web site page, there are two methods to obtain support: Email and Phone. Upon further examination, Email support is there mostly for show, because it’s nothing more than an automated system, very good at sending out useless canned responses such as this:

 image

Note the disclaimer at the top stating that the replies are automated. Why??? I am already on the web site, why not just display the help result right there? What are they thinking?

All is not lost, because there’s still the Phone option right? Well this is what I got after clicking on it:

Verizon Online

I tried again on another computer running Windows 2003 and it looked like it was trying harder this time, but it didn’t quite make it, because it kept on checking forever to see if "Quick Support" is installed:

image 

By the way, if you are looking for the direct number for Verizon FIOS tech support, it is 888-553-1555. I called and was provided the answer I was looking for in about 10 minutes.

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5th February 2008

Finds of the Week – February 3, 2007

.NET

Software/Tools

Windows Mobile – Pocket PC

  • Looks like Google has fixed the problems that were plaguing Gmail IMAP on Windows Mobile devices. Read the blog entry from the official Gmail Blog here. And here’s a related article from PC World: Google fixes Gmail IMAP problem on Windows Mobile.
  • Viigo is a free RSS reader for Windows Mobile. I have not really used it that much but it seems to work ok.

    Viigo RSS Reader for Windows Mobile 

  • Skyfire is another promising Windows Mobile browser currently in private beta. Via Engadget.

  • If you have a Samsung Windows Mobile device, try the included PicSel browser. Here’s a review of Picsel browser, with a lot of useful how-to information included. By Tam Hanna.

And Now, For Something A Little Different

Nano

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28th January 2008

Finds of the Week – January 27, 2008

.NET Programming, C#

Powershell

Software and Tools

Windows Mobile / Pocket PC

Something Different

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21st January 2008

Finds of the Week – January 20, 2008

.NET, C#, Programming

Software and Tools

  • Jeff Atwood shared the Top Five Browser Shortcuts Everyone Should Know. I didn’t know about the middle mouse button browser shortcut. Very useful.
  • Reading Nazmul Idris’ post on Microsoft OneNote 2007 prompted me to try it myself…. and I loved it. It’s a great application to keep track of notes, journal entries, work logs, etc. It’s going to be an essential app for me from now on.

    OneNote 

    I especially like offline mode support for USB flash drives. You can keep your Notebooks on a flash memory card. OneNote automatically synchronizes its local cache with the flash card when the card is inserted. When not inserted, you can still work on the local cached copy.

    What I don’t like: no VBA macro support. One of the first thing I tried was pressing ALT+F11 to bring up the VBA IDE… nothing happened. A quick search in Online Help confirmed my sinking feeling: no VBA support. Supposedly, you can write add-ins.

Windows Mobile/Pocket PC

Gadgets

Something different

  • Watch dolphins blowing circles made of air bubbles.

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17th January 2008

Speed Up Gmail IMAP by Working Offline

One of the best tricks to speed up Gmail IMAP access is to use offline mode in your email application. Offline mode is supported by popular email clients such as Microsoft Outlook 2007, Outlook Express (Windows XP), Windows Mail (Windows Vista), and Thunderbird.

Work Offline menu in Windows Mail

While you are in offline mode, your actions are carried out locally and the sequence is remembered by the email client. Later on, when you get back online, the same actions are then executed on the server. Offline mode is much faster (think instantaneous vs. several seconds for each action) than online mode because the email client does not have to connect/talk to the IMAP server each time you do something.

Windows Mail Performing offline tasks...

Outlook 2007′s Offline Support

Not all offline modes are created equally however. One would think that Microsoft top-of-the-line email client Outlook (2007) would have better support for working offline than its little brothers Outlook Express and Windows Mail, but that’s just not the case. According to my own testing, Outlook 2007 is the worst among the three when it comes to supporting offline access. Specifically, you cannot copy or move messages in Outlook 2007 when working offline.

Microsoft Office Outlook: The connection to the server is unavailable. Outlook must be online or connected to complete this action.

If you have read my article Gmail IMAP Tips article, you know Gmail IMAP is all about moving and copying messages. Lacking the ability to move/copy messages in offline mode reduces the usefulness of Outlook as a Gmail IMAP client by about oh… 90% right there for me! I have not tested Thunderbird but it think I does support moving/copying images while working offline.

My Current IMAP Client

I still use Outlook for its calendar and to synchronize with my i730 Windows Mobile phone, but for Gmail IMAP, Windows Mail (Windows Vista) is now my email client of choice.

If anyone reading this is from the Microsoft Outlook team, please fix Outlook!

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