Checkpoint: Clean PCs Edition

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I spent most of Saturday with three computers, a couple cans cans of compressed air and a vacuum. All three machines were dusty, but mine was the clear dust champion. My ThermalTake Tsunami Dream case is a tool-less case with a hard drive caddy and it has proven to be worth the money. I will never buy a case without a removable hard drive caddy; it makes life so much easier.

The Shuttle and my brother’s Soprano case were rather quick since one had only exhaust fans and the other I cleaned out earlier this year. It took about 40 minutes to do a fairly through cleaning of my Tsunami Dream. I didn’t remove heatsinks or the motherboard, but I did flush out the dust from anything with a fan. After it was all said and done, it was time for the Windows 7 64-bit Release Candidate install.

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Windows 7 RC & Office 2010 TP Impressions

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I’m typing this post on a Technical Preview build of Microsoft Word 2010 which is sitting comfortably on top of the Windows 7 Release Candidate. It is the laptop of the future – today! Office 2010 will not be arriving until sometime early 2010 while Windows 7 will debut this holiday season. They could have fooled me though; these early builds are exceptionally stable for me thus far.

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Windows 7 Release Candidate Out; New XP Mode Revealed

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Windows 7 is shaping up to be the next coming of Windows XP. It’s doing so many things right. Like Windows XP Mode.

XP Mode consists of the Virtual PC-based virtual environment and a fully licensed copy of Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3). It will be made available, for free, to users of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions via a download from the Microsoft web site. (That is, it will not be included in the box with Windows 7, but is considered an out-of-band update, like Windows Live Essentials.) XPM works much like today’s Virtual PC products, but with one important exception: As with the enterprise-based MED-V (Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization) product, XPM does not require you to run the virtual environment as a separate Windows desktop. Instead, as you install applications inside the virtual XP environment, they are published to the host (Windows 7) OS as well. (With shortcuts placed in the Start Menu.) That way, users can run Windows XP-based applications (like IE 6) alongside Windows 7 applications under a single desktop.

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