Windows Vista SP2 RC now available

Service Pack 2 Release Candidate for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are now available for download to TechNet and MSDN subscribers to test prior to final release. SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 include updates that have been delivered since the release of SP1, as well as support for new types of hardware and emerging standards. SP2 weighs in at a sizable 302MB for x86 systems and 508MB for 64-bit operating system versions of Windows Vista.

Three Tools to Speed up Windows

A few weeks back we covered five tools to clean up your PC as well as ten tools to defragment your hard disk. This week we have three tools that keep your Windows fast. Vista Services Optimizer Vista Services Optimizer enables you to safely optimize Windows services based on how you use your computer.

Windows Vista SP2 (beta) is officially available

Every Windows user waits patiently for the next service pack to be made available (or at least I believe so). Microsoft has finally made available Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2) Beta and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) Beta. Windows Server 2008 SP2 Beta and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Beta is prerelease code offered to the public through our Customer Preview Program.

Ten must-use Windows Shortcuts (Windows Wednesday)

If you are using Windows, the number of shortcuts that Windows presents you is phenomenal. You even have the option to create your own shortcuts to launch applications. Here are ten shortcuts that can improve productivity: Windows Key + R Open the Run window Windows Key + F Open the search window Windows Key + E Open Windows Explorer Windows Key + 1, 2, ...

Making Windows Vista SP1 permanent (Windows Wednesday)

Having installed Windows Vista SP1, the probablity of you removing it is rather bleak. However, when you install SP1, Vista gives you the provision of removing it, in case you choose to do so in the past. This is done, by keeping the old files that were replaced by the SP1 update.

Hack Windows Vista; Get Paid

Less than a month after Trend Micro discovered Vista flaws being sold off for $50,000 in the underground market by hackers, VeriSign's iDefense Labs has placed an $8,000 bounty on remote code execution holes in Windows Vista and Internet Explorer 7. This is part of its three-year old Vulnerability Contributor Program which compensates individuals who provide iDefense with advance notification of unpublished vulnerabilities and/or exploit code. 3Com's Zero Day Initiative is a similar program.