Concomitantly with the availability of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC), Microsoft also released an update designed to streamline certain scenarios such as the deployment and removal of the upgrade.
Just ahead of the 2010 Professional Developers Conference 2010 (PDC 2010), the Redmond company offered early adopters the next milestone of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, namely the RC Build.
At the same time, the software giant released the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 installation software feature update.
KB 976902 will be a requirement for the integration of upgrades into both the last Windows client and server platforms. More »
1. Problem Steps Recorder
As the local PC guru you’re probably very used to friends and family asking for help with their computer problems, yet having no idea how to clearly describe what’s going on. It’s frustrating, but Microsoft feels your pain, and Windows 7 will include an excellent new solution in the Problem Steps Recorder.
When any app starts misbehaving under Windows 7 then all your friends need do is click Start, type PSR and press Enter, then click Start Record. If they then work through whatever they’re doing then the Problem Steps Recorder will record every click and keypress, take screen grabs, and package everything up into a single zipped MHTML file when they’re finished, ready for emailing to you. It’s quick, easy and effective, and will save you hours of troubleshooting time. More »
Since Microsoft will not provide a direct upgrade path from Beta to RTM, early adopters already testing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will need to download the first public development milestone of the upgrade. At the same time, since Windows 7 SP1 is in Beta stage, the service pack could introduce various problems on a machine, specifically issues that weren’t there when users were running the RTM flavor of the operating system. In such cases, and in others, customers might need to uninstall Windows 7 SP1 Beta.
One thing to keep in mind is that when installing the service pack, backup files are created in order to ensure that removal will be possible. In this regard, customers should steer clear of the Disk Cleanup Wizard, which will erase the backup files, making the uninstall process impossible. More »
Uninstalling and reinstalling inbox audio driver repeatedly on Windows 7 or Windows Vista might not be the best thing to do, as Microsoft has warned that users could leave their platforms incapable of playing audio. The Redmond company does not specify the exact number uninstalls/reinstalls needed for some DirectSound output to be rendered unable to play audio, but apparently, just several such actions are sufficient.
Here is the scenario described by the software giant: “You use software to render/play audio via the DirectSound API (for example: DDK tool Graph Edit). On Vista or Windows 7, via a driver testing tool (or manually) you uninstall and then reinstall audio drivers such as “High Definition Audio Device” (HDAudio) several times. You attempt to render/play the audio stream again to a non-default DirectSound device (for example – DirectSound:Speakers as opposed to Default DirectSound device).”
Provided that users managed to reproduce the situation exemplified above, Microsoft indicates that no audio will be produced as a result of the stream leveraging a non-default DirectSound device for rendering. In addition, Vista and Windows 7 customers will receive the following error message: “These filters cannot agree on a connection. Verify type compatibility of input pin and output pin. Cannot play back the audio stream: no audio hardware is available, or the hardware is not responding. (Return code:0x80040256).” More »