Windows 7 Beta review

Microsoft’s next jump "Windows 7" has been announced for public as a Beta (Build 7000) release at to be expired on 1 August 2009. Since Microsoft describes this as the next level of computing again and again, it’s worth to evaluate the product putting parallel with Windows Vista very predecessor for Windows 7.

I used to install the Windows 7 Beta on VMware Workstation 6 with allocated resources of 1 GB RAM, 16 GB HD space. It only took roughly 14 minutes to complete the installation without any hassle at all. It had taken 8.31 GB HD space for clean installation and first impression of new Windows logo with Neon light effects is something psychological engineering effort.


The first welcome was a security alert of missing Virus scanner protection and the same time Recommended virus protection providers (3rd party) also came on a web page followed by the provided link. This is something encouraging the compatibility for business alliances among other Virus solution providers apart from Microsoft Live One care and Forefront product lines.

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 Now Better…

The beautiful lesson which Microsoft has learnt from Vista is providing UAC (User Account Control) manageability in to the maximum level. Now it’s really manageable as the user requirement and elimination or termination is not required anymore.


Talking about application improvements, IE 8 beta and Windows Media Player 12 are integrated by default.


The remarkable improvement in Windows 7 would be the "Action Center" which is addressing number of Vista disappointments of problem management. It provides single interface of monitoring system health as well as other program launch options. It just like drawing a box framing existing objects with a single entry point.

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Welcome Back

It’s nice to see generic Disk Defragmenter and Briefcase are back in new outfit, reinstating Windows 2000/XP experiences.

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A provision has given in Windows 7 to create a Recovery Disk in a case of disaster to restore the system immediately, by default.


New Pinches

Traditional Ms-Paint also has been given a new look and API change with Ribbon interfaces.


There can be seen a cool addition with "Sticky Notes" that I admire a lot. Although Vista had a Side Gadget of Sticky notes available it was not flexible to stick anywhere and limited to 10 notes. This is WOW!


Windows Gadgets are not there on the Desktop by default, those can be added if need and there is no reserved area boundary for gadgets always on front. Gadgets are free to be anywhere like Vista but now they can stay overlapping also.

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Another feature has been introduced new to Windows task bar, manage the appearance of multiple windows on desktop. It has certain intelligence of proportionate windows fitting to the desktop.


Removed for NEW…and must use LIVE

Microsoft has purposely removed Windows Movie Maker, Windows Mail, and Windows Photo Gallery from Windows 7 to discourage using them anymore. Then what…yes U must download and install Windows Live Essentials to have the features back. This could be some effort Microsoft trying to get sued. Anyhow Microsoft wants us to be LIVE forever.

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There are some cool backgrounds, effects and colors going very close with Linux or Mac experience in Windows 7. Smooth transitions in Vista now Smoother in Windows 7. I feel RAM & processor utilization have been bit streamlined and optimized though File architecture or deep platform level are still the same but API improvements.

We’ll see with RTM then Final Product before the final judgement of Windows 7 episode. Cheers…

Import/Export PST data with Exchange 2007 using Management Shell

It can be seen more common requirements of pre-migration or post-migration tasks to perform,

Scenario 1: Re-populating previous data stored in PST files in to the new Exchange 2007 mailbox at Exchange server end by  Administrator.

Scenario2: Moving existing Mailbox data in to a PST file at Exchange server end by Administrator.

Although below mentioned cmdlets would be given by resources to perform these task using Exch 2007 Management Shell, it’s not that straight forward if the relevant permissions are not set to Administrator to perform these tasks on behalf of Mailbox Users.

Import PST data in to a Mailbox

Import-Mailbox -Identity <mailboxUser> -PSTFolderPath <PSTFileLocation>

Eg: Import-Mailbox -Identity Lakmal -PSTFolderPath C:2006.pst

Export Mailbox data in to a PST

Import-Mailbox -Identity <mailboxUser> -PSTFolderPath <pathToSavePST>

The point is once these cmdlets executed Exchange 2007 Management Shell stops with incomplete move as the screen shot below by default;


TIP : To avoid this the Administrator account (whatever the account used to perform the task) must be assigned with Extended Rights to have "Receive As" permission all before execute cmdlets. This is how it happens in below screen shot;


Get-MailboxDatabase -identity "Exchange Server NameFirst Storage GroupMailbox Database" | Add-ADPermission -user "Domain NameAdminAccountName" -ExtendedRights Receive-As

Upon the successfull completion of the cmdlet your Exchange 2007 environment is ready to Import/Export PST tasks. You will see now its moving without red stops halfway.


Hope this would be helpful somehow, Cheers!!!

Avoiding KMS requirement for Windows Vista Business/Enterprise product activations

Since the Enterprise customers are allowed to use a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) with Key Management Service (KMS) to activate Microsoft Windows Vista Business and Enterprise editions inside the organizations, it is not worth to install KMS for less than 25 clients. To activate an instance of enterprise Vista edition by avoiding the KMS requirement is now very straightforward with the procedure introduced by Microsoft.

The typical Internet activation for the first time will give the below error message if the product is installed with a MAK.

Activation Error: Code 0x8007232b
DNS Name does not exist

With reference to the error you can find the KB article at for detailed infomation.

You must do the activation within the 30days of grace period of product activation with having legitimacy of doing so. Below step provides necessary instruction as per the Microsoft Partner Portal.

  • Using the CMD prompt: Click Start > Programs > Accessories, and then right-click CMD Prompt (run as Administrator). In the CMD prompt, run Slmgr.vbs –ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx where the key string is the MAK assigned to your account in the Partner Membership Center (PMC).

Upon the successful completion restart would require to see the activation status update in System information panel.