Category: Windows OS/Tips

       I am currently experiencing the highlights of the Microsoft’s latest web browser, Internet Explorer 9 Beta….

I have blogged here some of the screenshots of those highlights. Go here to experience about the IE9 browser.


In IE9, the address bar and search text box are binded together,.. When you hit ENTER with a url in that box, then you will be taken to that particular website. And when you hit ENTER with a phrase or word, then you are taken to the Bing, searching that particular phrase….


Another cool thing with this IE9 is, you can pin a tab to your Windows 7 taskbar, as you pin other desktop application. That is you can bookmark a website in your Windows 7 taskbar. Go here for a DEMO.


       You are disturbed while browsing only in rarecases. That is, when you download a file, the notification asking for a confirmation is at the bottom of your browser. And also notifications asking for your confirmation to save your password is also at the bottom of your browser.


You will notice from the above clips that your favorites and tools and preferences section are much better organized in the Microsoft’s latest browser IE9….

The below are the screenshots showing how to pin a tab in the Windows 7 task bar.

Go here to download the IE9 Beta……….


        The Windows 8 release date has been shrouded in a cloud of rumors. Most experts expect a late 2011 early 2012 release of the operating system. A recently leaked Windows 8 product cycle chart provides the answers needed to determine the release date of the next Windows OS by Microsoft.

          Click here to get a enlarged view of the image. The chart lists the planning, development and readiness product cycle of Windows 8 and related Microsoft products such as Internet Explorer 8, Windows Live

Wave 4, Windows Live Wave 5 and Windows 7. It also lists major events.
Some events and products have already been held / released and it is possible to pinpoint the release date of Windows 8 by making the remaining calculations.

           Here is what we know. Forum I and Forum II have been major events, the former held in December 2009, the latter in April 2010. The listing lists four additional event, Forum III to Forum VI. The next two events fall into the development phase of Windows 8, the remaining two into the readiness phase.
Internet Explorer 9 and Windows Live Wave 4 have either been announced with final dates (at least for the beta) or released already.

           Forum II was held 4-5 months after Forum I. If we take this approach we can calculate the approximate month of the other four forums. This would mean between 16 to 20 months from April 2010 on which coincides perfectly with the projected late 2011 release date.

           The Windows 8 beta should be released around June 2011 and the final release might even hit the stores at the same time that Windows 7 was released, which was October. The Internet Explorer 9 product cycle confirms the findings. Microsoft has announced a beta release of Internet Explorer 9 for August 2010. This would be the same time that Forum III will be held, which is exactly four months after Forum II.
           The chart may be a bit off since Windows Live Wave 4 was released in June. It could be that Microsoft has projected the Forum III conference for June / July instead. Could also be that the chart is not 100% accurate and it can happen that development cycles need to be shifted, especially if major issues are encountered during development. Still, we are pretty sure that Microsoft will release the beta of Windows 8 in or around June 2011 and the final release of the operating system in or around October 2011.

A firm owned by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sued Apple, Facebook, Google, YouTube, and seven other companies, charging them with infringing patents filed more than a decade ago.
Google and Facebook blasted the lawsuit as “unfortunate” and “without merit.”
The complaint, filed Friday morning in a Seattle federal court, named AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and Google’s YouTube.
AOL, Apple, Google and Yahoo were each charged with four claims of patent infringement, while Facebook was hit with one. The other eight companies were charged with two claims each.
The suit does not name Microsoft, which Allen co-founded with Bill Gates in 1975 but left in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. Microsoft did not reply to a request asking whether it had licensed some or all of the applicable patents from Allen’s firm.
Allen’s lawsuit claimed that the 11 companies violated patents developed by Internal Research, a Silicon Valley research lab he funded in 1992, but which shut its doors in 2000. David Liddle, who worked at the Xerox’s influential Palo Alto Research Center ( Xerox PARC) in the 1970s, was Interval’s CEO.
Those patents were later transferred to Interval Licensing, a company owned by Allen.
The two patents that make up the bulk of the claims are 6,263,507, “Browserfor Use in Navigating a Body of Information, With Particular Application to Browsing Information Represented By Audiovisual Data,” and 6,757,682, “Alerting Users to Items of Current Interest.” Allen’s lawsuit alleges that all but Facebook violated the ‘507 patent, and all 11 companies infringed the ‘682 patent.
Interval filed applications for the four patents between March 1996 and September 2000, and was awarded the patents between March 2000 and September 2004.
The ‘507 patent refers to a possible application in a “news browser” that could be used to “review news stories acquired during one day from several television news programs, as well as from text news sources.” The ‘682 patent, meanwhile, describes technology for alerting users of Web content related to what they’re currently viewing, or of others’ activities that might interest them.
The ‘682 patent is the only one that Allen’s company claimed was violated by Facebook, the popular social networking site.
The remaining two patents spell out an “attention manager” that would flash advertisements, stock quotes and other information in front of a user.
The 15-page complaint singled out Google for special treatment, saying that Interval Research provided both funding and assistance to the then-fledgling search firm in 1998, the year founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin incorporated the company.
Included with the complaint was a 1998 screenshot of Google’s “About” page that showed Interval Research credited as one of four sources of research funding, and one of two outside collaborators.
In a statement Friday, Google called Allen’s lawsuit “unfortunate.”
“This lawsuit against some of America’s most innovative companies reflects an unfortunate trend of people trying to compete in the courtroom instead of the marketplace,” said Google. “Innovation — not litigation — is the way to bring to market the kinds of products and services that benefit millions of people around the world.”
Facebook’s take was more blunt. “We believe this suit is completely without merit and we will fight it vigorously,” said company spokesman Andrew Noyes in an e-mail.
Other Firms contacted by Computerworld, including Apple and Yahoo, did not immediately reply to requests for comment on the lawsuit.
Allen’s suit seeks unspecified damages, as well as injunctions that would block the accused companies from continuing to use the patented technologies.
Earlier this year Forbes put Allen, 57, in the No. 37 spot on its world’s richest list, and estimated his net worth at $13.5 billion.

Windows 7‘s awesome feature, AppLocker, can help prevent kids from installing bloatware and untrusted software on PCs and laptops. 

AppLocker lets users install only those programmes that they specify it to run. Here’s how:

1. Create a rule to allow everything from a publisher — for eg. Microsoft

2. This will let you run all signed Yahoo apps

3. Launch RUN and type GPEDIT.MSC and press ENTER key go to Computer Configuration

4. Go to Windows SettingsSecurity SettingsApplication Control Policies & AppLocker. You’ll have an idea of what all apps are running on your PC.

Computer Virus, Malware Program Information & Threat Types

        If you are the trigger-happy kind on your vacation and can’t live without posting them on Facebook or Flickr, then renaming all those files can be a serious pain. Cameras cannot do it for you. Here’s a quick hack which can rename all your files in one go.

       Open the folder in which your to-be renamed files are. Select the files you want to rename. If the files are not adjacent, hold down CTRL and click on the files you want to rename. Click on ‘File’ in the menu bar and then ‘Rename’ option and then type the new name and hit Enter.

            Some of us like playing with our operating system such as changing the text that appears on the Windows start button (your own name instead of Start) etc … It is your own interest in doing those things…. But one thing, what will you do when you lost all your important system files, and registry settings, which might lead to complete reformat of your OS, when you mess up with your OS ? … So be careful when doing such things.. A good tip for saving such accidents is taking a back up of your Windows Registry…..If you are going to tweak around your system, you better back up your Windows registry. In case an error or hack goes wrong, you can always restore your registry to its original position. Here’s how.

  •     Click on Start–> Run and type Regedit and hit Enter. 
  •       Now choose My Computer from the left folder pane
  •       Now click on File–> Export and give it a file name
  •       Select a location to store it, ideally on a CD or a pen drive.This will take some time but will pay in the long run.

          Welcome to the web forum on Microsoft.Net. This forum will be a tool for the .Net aspirants, who are willing to master the .Net. Microsoft.Net is a free forum created in the forumotion and will be maintained by me. The URL to the Forum is . The young aspirants can join here and learn .Net and off course experienced .Net wizards can join here and share their .Net knowledge.

Some hate the most beatuiful and the sexiest technology on earth, Microsoft.Net. They say that Microsoft.Net is not platform independent as other technologies such as Java. Pity on them. Becoz, they don’t know that .Net Frameworks are available for Linux based operating systems also. Stunned !!!!!!!
Ya, Apps that are developed in .Net technology  (either Windows or Web Application) can be runned on Linux OS or Unix/X11 based OS…. Just download the .Net Framework for various linux OS here … Various .Net Frameworks are available for different Linux based OS and Unix/X11 based OS, …… Frameworks for Red Hat, Ubuntu, Open Suse, Solaris, and even Mac OS …. Experience the .Net apps in  Linux Operating systems….. It is possible to develop a .Net application for iPhone or iPod touch. Microsoft.Net is a gem. It is platform independent.

Welcome to Vivsoft Tutorials… This is my first video tutorial…. And this tutorial is about Customizing the Windows 7 Desktop… Changing the themes for Windows 7 and downloading the beautiful and classic themes from Microsoft’s Official Website..
And view this video in my website also…