Vol. 20, #7 - February 16, 2015 - Issue #1017
No more Windows 7 ISO and more
- Editor's Corner
- No more Windows 7 ISO
- Windows Server "10" delayed
- Amazon still the big player in cloud
- New TechGenix site on AWS
- Recommended for Learning
- Microsoft Virtual Academy
- Quote of the Week
- Admin Toolbox
- Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
- This Week's Tips
- Microsoft Software Recovery Center now online
- Hiding BitLocker from Control Panel
- Rotating an Excel spreadsheet
- Events Calendar
- Webcast Calendar
- MSExchange.org Webinar: Advanced Microsoft Exchange Backup and Recovery Strategies for SMBs
- Register for Webcasts
- Tech Briefing
- Cloud Computing
- Security and Privacy
- SharePoint, Exchange and Office
- Windows client
- Recommended TechGenix Articles
- Recommended articles from websites in TechGenix Network
- Windows Server News
- How to allot your shrinking cloud dollars in the future
- How to use and when not to use VMware snapshots
- DRaaS or DaaS? You can have both
- Learning problem-solving techniques from kids at play
- WServerNews FAVE Links
- Spider Man
- Mind-Blowing Origins Of Everyday Symbols
- Train Dashes Through The Snow In Canada
- Dog Performs Amazing Magic Trick
- WServerNews - Product of the Week
- Deep Packet Inspection for Quality of Experience Monitoring
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Now let's take a look at the news items and rumors that grabbed our attention recently...
No more Windows 7 ISOUntil now users who purchased OEM PCs with loads of crapware preinstalled on them could use the following tutorial on SevenForums.com to replace their bloated Windows image by installing a clean Windows 7 ISO which they could download for free from Digital River:
As you can see from the 49 pages of comments on this article, this tutorial is popular! Or perhaps we should say that OEM crapware is *not* very popular with those who buy OEM PCs that have Windows preinstalled...
Well, we've just heard a rumor that Microsoft is taking down the servers at Digital River that have been hosting the Windows 7 ISOs you needed if you wanted to follow the above tutorial. For example, until a few days ago this link let you download the ISO for Windows 7 Ultimate x64 edition:
But now you get an HTTP Error 404 File Or Directory Not Found when you try that link.
My guess is that this has happened because mainstream support of Windows 7 SP1 ended on January 13 of this year:
In other words, Microsoft is implicitly urging owners of OEM PCs running Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 8.1.
Any thoughts? Send feedback to [email protected]
And check out our tip called Microsoft Software Recovery Center now online in this issue.
Windows Server "10" delayedWell, maybe not. I think many of us expected some sort of announcement about the timing of GA of Windows Server "Threshold" aka "10" aka "vNext" when they recently announced that Windows 10 would ship "later in the year" but there wasn't any such accompanying announcement concerning the server version.
Well, if you haven't read it yet, here is the latest "Windows Server and System Center roadmap update" from Microsoft's Server & Cloud Blog:
So final release of the next version of Windows Server is going to be "in 2016" whatever that means. But maybe that was the plan all along...
Amazon still the big player in cloudBusiness Insider summarizes some market research done by Synergy Research Group that suggests Amazon still dominates the $16 billion cloud market over competitors like Google and IBM:
Of course numbers can be spun in different ways. For example, while Amazon might be biggest in the cloud game by some metrics, Microsoft is an industry leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrants in four separate cloud categories:
- Cloud Infrastructure as a Service
- x86 Server Virtualization
- Enterprise Application Platform as a Service
- Public Cloud Storage Services
Here's a post on the Server & Cloud Blog from a few months back detailing this:
New TechGenix site on AWS
Speaking of Amazon, you may not be aware of this yetbut our parent company TechGenix recently launched a new site called InsideAWS.com that has articles and news about Amazon Web Services. You can find the site here:
Your Editor is also contributing articles to this new site--check out my latest series of articles called "Getting Started with AWS" which you can find on my InsideAWS.com section page here:
Have you tried AWS? Do you use it in your organization? Share your stories with us at [email protected]'
P.S. I also have a section on VirtualizationAdmin.com here:
and have written literally tons of articles on WindowsNetworking.com here:
Enough of tooting my horn ;-)
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Quote of the Week
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This week we have tips on recovering a PC that has Windows 7 retail media installed, hiding the BitLocker Control Panel icon from standard users, and rotating an Excel spreadsheet to read CSV files better.
Did you buy Windows 7 retail media for your PC and now your OS is toast? You can download an ISO of the Windows 7 retail media you need for your PC from the new Microsoft Software Recovery Center and use it to reinstall Windows on your PC. Here's the link to this new online resource:
Note that this only works with retail media. If you bought an OEM PC with Windows 7 preinstalled, your machine has an OEM product key and that won't work with the retail media you can download from the Microsoft Software Recovery Center.
Hiding BitLocker from Control Panel
A colleague says he has found a way to hide the BitLocker Control Panel icon from standard (non-admin) users on a Windows computer. One would think that the way to do this would be to configure the following policy setting in Group Policy:
User Configuration \ Policies \ Administrative Templates \ Control Panel \ Hide specified Control Panel items
But he says it that policy setting doesn't hide the BitLocker Control Panel icon. After asking around for a while someone suggested that he add the following two registry keys:
Name: DisallowCpl ... Type: REG_DWORD ... Value: 1
Name: 1 ... Type: REG_SZ ... Value: Microosft.BitlockerDriveEncryption
I haven't had a chance to try this yet so maybe one of our readers can try it. Be sure to back up the registry before you modify it--see here:
Rotating an Excel spreadsheet
Have you ever had a CSV file with a couple of lines of output that you wanted to read more easily than in Notepad? So you try opening it in Excel and it looks something like this:
So you scroll sideways to read it and keep scrolling and scrolling...
Here's a trick I found online: you can easily rotate a selection of cells by 90 degrees in Excel. For example, start by selecting the populated cells in the above spreadsheet, then right-click on the selected area press CTRL+C to copy the cells to the clipboard.
Now switch to a new spreadsheet, right-click on a blank cell, and select Paste Special from the menu that appears:
In the Paste Special dialog that appears, select the checkbox labeled Transpose just above the OK button:
Now press OK and after resizing the columns the contents of your CSV file are nice and readable:
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WServerNews - Editors
Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit and has been author or series editor for almost fifty books mostly published by Microsoft Press. Mitch is also a ten-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com.
Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also manages research and marketing for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.