Microsoft have now released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta to the public. This comes about 11 months after the release of Windows 7 RTM and is a good indication that we will see FTM of SP1 before the end of the year.
In my experience the installation takes about 4 times longer if you are only running 512mb of ram. While not many physical computers will have this much ram some virtual computers may be configured to this so I recommend that you reboot and temporarily bump you ram up to at least 1gb ram.
Microsoft have just released the latest version of the ACT Toolkit which allows corporations to scan their production computers for application that may have compatibility issues when running Windows 7. The new version now allows users to rate the compatibility of application for 32bit and 64bit application separately. With the x64 version of Windows 7 now the dominant (see here and here) operating system version this tools is going to be really useful for enterprise looking to make the 64 bit jump.
You may also notice that this update has also dropped the “RC” tag from Windows 7 reports section that was previously in version 5.5 which you could previously only do via a SQL command.
This version also resolves an issue with the DLL file called “logger.dll” that is used for the User Account Control (UAC) evaluator. The problem was that other programs like Sophos Anti-Virus also use the same name for their DLL’s and thus caused an error “The procedure entry point LoggerStart could not be located in the dynamic link library logger.dll” error message (see below). They have renamed this DLL on the Agent to “ACTEventLogger.dll” instead so the conflict has now been resolved.
This version also comes with the demo Stock Viewer application (see below) that has so often been used by Microsoft demonstrate how to use SHIM’s to remediate problem apps. This is a nice addition as you can practice you SHIM creating skills on this program first before attempting to fix more challenging production application.
I recently bought a Dell 21.5” Multi Touch HD Monitor ( SX2210T ) which support multi-touch which I thought would be great for Windows 7 as it now supported multi-touch. However one of my disappointments was that there was a distinct lack of application that supported multi-touch input. This was not so much of a problem for people who bought new computers as OEM’s could bundle the Touch Pack for Windows 7 which provided users with 6 apps that were specifically written for people with a touch screen interface. But as the touch pack was an OEM only release this meant that people who bought a touch screen after market could not use these programs.
Well… Microsoft have now released the Touch Pack for Windows 7 for free to the public… YEAH!!!
Gizmodo have just posted a video of Windows 7 running on the iPad… Don’t get to excited as it appears that it is just using VNC,Citrix or Remote Desktop to remotely connect to another computer. Still its nice to see how something like Windows 7 would run on a device like this.