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Version 6 of the Vista Transformation Pack has been released.
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Windows X has released version 6 RC 1of the Vista Transformation Pack. The version adds many new features including a new file replacement system, better setup and uninstallation, partial x64 support, and various bug fixes. However, it is still a release candidate and will contain bugs.

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XP SP2B OEM
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DABS in UK is stocking a Microsoft Win XP Home SP2B OEM. It is priced at £59.92 inc vat. It is said that Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2B (SP2B) provides an enhanced security infrastructure that defends against viruses, worms, and hackers, along with increased manageability and control for IT professionals and an improved experience for users.
Microsoft Win XP Pro SP2B OEM is priced at £94.77 inc vat
Microsoft Win XP Pro SP2B OEM 3 pack is priced at £269.99 inc vat

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Users of Windows XP with service pack 2 installed can disable writing to USB devices.

Open the Registry Editor (click on the Start button on your taskbar, then click on Run and type "regedit" and click on OK to start the regedit utility).

Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control.

Now right click and create a new key and name it "StorageDevicePolicies".
In the window on the right, create a new DWORD value and label it WriteProtect, give it a value of "1".
This will disable writting to USB drives. To re-enable this function, change the value to 0.
The modifications made will work after you reboot your PC.

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Microsoft released a CTP of it's new 2007 Feature Pack for Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 2 on Microsoft Connect.

The feature pack includes several add-ons and improvements for Windows XP Embedded such as the ability to boot USB mass sotrage devices, Registry Filter, a File Based Write Filter and many additional enhancements.
The CTP build, which weighs in at just over 100MB, is available to download on Microsoft Connect only to those who are enrolled in the beta program.

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Windows XP SP2b
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Windows XP SP2b seems to have appeared in Japan. It is somehow strange because at the shops, there are boxes which are labelled SP2b but Microsoft has not make any official announcement of a SP2b.

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Visual Task Tips
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Visual Task Tips is a little freeware application for windows XP which displays a preview image if you move your mouse over a folder in the taskbar, like in the upcoming Microsoft Windows Vista.
Simply download the 90K file from the developers homepage. After installation you have the option to run it and add it to your windows start-up files. To disable it again you start it again and it asks you if you want to disable it.

www.visualtasktips.com/

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Did you know that unless you uninstall a device driver on a Windows XP machine that it still may be sucking up valuable system resources? Here are step-by-step instructions on how you can view and remove these unnecessary devices.

When you install a device driver on a Windows XP machine, the operating system loads that driver each time the computer boots regardless of whether the device is present—unless you specifically uninstall the driver. This means that drivers from devices that you have long since removed from your system may be wasting valuable system resources.

Follow these steps to view and remove these unnecessary device drivers:

1. Press [Windows]+[Break] to bring up the System Properties dialog box.
2. Select the Advanced tab and click the Environment Variables button.
3. Click the New button below the System Variables panel.
4. In the New System Variable dialog box, type devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices in the Variable Name text box and 1 in the Variable Value text box.
5. Click OK to return to the System Properties dialog box and then click OK again.
6. Select the Hardware tab and click the Device Manager button.
7. In Device Manager, go to View | Show Hidden Devices.
8. Expand the various branches in the device tree and look for the washed out icons, which indicate unused device drivers.
9. To remove an unused device driver, right-click the icon and select Uninstall.



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