The free Windows 7 ride will continue into 2011, at least for four additional months. Microsoft will keep supplying customers with free copies of the latest iteration of the Windows client for evaluation purposes.

Following the release of Windows 7, the Redmond company began offering the RTM bits for testing, intent on reaching as broad an audience of IT professionals as possible, but not really restricting downloads in any way.

For this, the software giant had set up the Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial site and associated downloads.

As 2010 comes to an end, Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial downloads get another reprieve from Microsoft, as they were planned to expire on December 31st. More »

Microsoft has made available for download the language packs for the gold development milestone of Windows 7. The Redmond-based company is attempting to help end users across the world tailor Windows 7 RTM to their specific language. According to the software giant, the language packs for Windows 7 have been released via Windows Update. In this regard, Windows 7 users will have to turn to WU in order to install extra languages into their copy of Windows 7 in addition to the default language.

By offering the language packs through Windows Update, Microsoft is following the same strategy that it did with Windows Vista. In this context, the company is restricting access to the language packs. And, of course, the limitations also survived from Vista. Microsoft permitted only users of the two high-end editions of Windows Vista to install additional languages, Enterprise and Ultimate. The same is the case for Windows 7.

“These language packs are available to our enterprise customers running Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate RTM versions only. Customers on the Windows 7 Release Candidate are not eligible for these language packs,” revealed Microsoft’s Stephen L. Rose. More »

Following the availability of Windows Vista in 2007, Microsoft started allowing users to access free copies of the operating system via the Download Center. Windows Vista Enterprise is just such an example. Even with Windows 7 on the horizon, and with Vista SP1 available for approximately a year, the Redmond company continued to serve the original Vista Enterprise bits. Windows Vista 30-Day Eval VHD now features a new published date on the Microsoft Download Center: March 19, 2009. However, the software giant is mute on details related to a potential update, if any.

Windows Vista 30-Day Eval VHD offers users a pre-configured virtual hard disk image containing the Enterprise SKU of the operating system. The Enterprise edition of Vista is normally served only to businesses, namely Software Assurance customers, via Volume Licensing. This is of course an exception, as it has been so far.

Packaged as a VHD, the copy of Vista is designed to run as a guest operating system in a Virtual PC 2007 virtual machine. More »

Microsoft is offering Windows Vista users no less than 17 User Interface (UI) Language packs designed for integration with the operating system. However, the company informed that only the 32-bit editions of the latest Windows client can have LIPs implemented. In fact, the Language Interface Packs are restricted only to the English language versions of 32-bit Vista, with no support for the 64-bit variant of the operating system or for previous Windows releases. The 17 LIPs can be installed on Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise and Ultimate, but only 15 of them also play nice with the Starter SKU.

Albanian, Assamese, Bosnian – Cyrillic, Bosnian – Latin, Gujarati, Hindi, Icelandic, Indonesian, Kazakh, Macedonian, Malay, Marathi, Serbian – Cyrillic, Tamil, Uzbek – Latin, Vietnamese and Welsh are all the language UI packages offered for Windows Vista. With the exception of Icelandic and Welsh, all can also be deployed on the Vista Starter edition. The rest of the Vista SKUs are supported by default. More »

This guide shows you how to allow computers to connect to a computer and use it remotely via Remote Desktop.

The only Windows Vista versions than can be connected to via Remote Desktop are Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions. All versions of Windows Vista can use Remote Desktop to remote to another computer though.

Enable Remote Desktop

1. Right-click Computer in the Start menu and then select Properties.

2. Click Remote settings in the Tasks list on the left side of the System window.

3. Select Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop if computers connecting to it will only be from within a local network or are running versions of Windows other than Vista. Select Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication if computers connecting to it will connect from the internet or all computers connecting will be Windows Vista. More »