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Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc announced the move in a company blog Saturday:

Due to an enormous surge in demand, the download experience was not ideal so we listened and took the necessary steps to ensure a good experience. We have clearly heard that many of you want to check out the Windows 7 Beta and, as a result, we have decided remove the initial 2.5 million limit on the public beta for the next two weeks (thru January 24th). During that time you will have access to the beta even if the download number exceeds the 2.5 million unit limit.

Get more info at the link below…

Download the Windows 7 Beta…
Win7 Beta1 on technet and msdn

Come and get it! The Windows 7 Beta is here!

Many people have heard about Windows 7, some have even seen the M3 build at the PDC. MSDN Subscribers, now you can try the Beta!  Download the Windows 7 Beta now from Subscriber Downloads…

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, kicked off CES 2009 last night with his keynote speech in which he announced the Windows 7 beta will be available for public download, this Friday. This will be a download-only version, and will expire in August. They haven't announced yet at what time it will be available, but it will only be for a limited time to the first 2.5 million downloaded.

Get more info at the link below.…
The greatest gift one can give is to give of ones self. There is no better way to give of yourself than to teach. To share your wisdom and experience in a way that makes the world a better place.
Happy Holiday to all..
Vistart menus for windows vista and windows 7…
Note: These files are for Vista SPI only. If you haven't installed the SP1 yet, then click here.

Rafael did it again! For those who can't use the custom visual styles in Windows Vista SP1, download and replace these three system files (uxtheme.dll, shsvcs.dll and themeui.dll).

Uxtheme Vista SP1 (32-bit)
Uxtheme Vista SP1 (64-bit)

How to..
1. Login as a user with Administrative privileges -or- have Administrative credentials ready (check under the keyboard for a slip of paper).
2. Navigate to %systemroot%System32
3. Right-click uxtheme.dll and click properties.
4. Take ownership of the file and close dialogs.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for themeui.dll and shsvcs.dll
6. Right-click uxtheme.dll and click properties.
7. Give yourself (or group) Full Control permissions and close dialogs.
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 for themeui.dll and shsvcs.dll.
9. Rename uxtheme.dll to uxtheme.old.
10. Rename themeui.dll to themeui.old.
11. Rename shsvcs.dll to shsvcs.old.
12. Copy patched files into %systemroot%System32
13. Reboot (yes, this is really required)
14. Enjoy!

You can use Take Control or these registry files for taking ownership of system files in Vista.…
In the last little while it has come to my attention that a lot of people had no idea where to acquire the proper tutorials to make a Vista VS.  SO I will post these links to help those out who are interested in making their own VS for Vista. Happy skinning.....

Make a VS for Vista - Tutorial…

Vista msstyle Resource Finder…

Vista VS FONT Tutorial…

Vista Hex-Editing Tutorial…
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to all for a happy
and prosperous 2008. I have no idea what kind of a year this will turn out to be, but I
hope to try and make it a good one.In closing, I extend my heartfelt hope that 2008 be filled with health and joy for you all.

                                  Happy New Year 2008
For a limited time you can download and use AVG 7.5 Professional Antivirus for free. For those of you running the always-free version of AVG there are some advantages to making the upgrade, such as advanced scanning and scheduling options.

AVG 7.5 Professional retails for $29.95, and this offer is good until January 17, 2008.

Download Mirror1
Download Mirror2
Homepage: AVG Home
Source: Computeractive
CODE… Cybernetnews

The file that you download will automatically enter in a valid serial number during the installation process.

I realize that a lot of people don't use AVG, but it is a pretty good program overall and I have it running on the other XP in my dual-boot machine. The license is valid until 12/01/2008 (at least in my case).
Windows Vista SP1 RC released to public

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RC is now available through Windows Update. Experience the WU based Vista SP1 installation by following 4 simple steps. Windows Vista SP1 RC distributed through Windows Update will be applicable to Windows Vista machines that are running on any of the 36 languages supported by Vista RTM.

If you already installed the Service Pack to your machine by using the standalone package, you must uninstall before you scan Windows Update for Windows Vista SP1.

Systems running on Windows Vista RTM require as many as three updates before SP1 can be installed. These updates are permanent to your Windows Vista systems. Windows Update will detect your system configuration and offer the prerequisite packages that are applicable to your system.

Download: Vista SP1 RC…
Want to test Vista SP1? Anyone can, starting next week

As you heard here last week, Microsoft is making the Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 available to a private group of testers this week and to the general public the week of December 10.

Microsoft confirmed its RC rollout plans on December 5. Today, Wednesday, the company made the Vista SP1 RC bits available via Microsoft Connect to the same 15,000 testers it provided with the RC preview. On December 6, Thursday, Microsoft plans to make the Vista SP1 RC bits available on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and TechNet, officials said. And next week, the week of the 10th, Microsoft plans to make the Vista SP1 RC build available to anyone interested in downloading it from the Microsoft Download site.

Microsoft is still on track to deliver the final SP1 bits in the first calendar quarter of 2008, officials said.

Vista SP1 includes security, performance and reliability updates. Microsoft is emphasizing that in spite of the security updates, Vista SP1 won't break applications on anywhere near the scale that Windows XP Service Pack 2 did when it was released in 2004.

David Zipkin, Senior Product Manager with Windows Client, said Microsoft has managed to shrink significantly the size of the standalone installation packages for Vista SP1 since the company made a beta of the service pack available this summer. As itemized on the Windows Vista Team Blog, Microsoft has cut the size of the installer package between 37 percent (for the five-language pack) to 58 percent (for the package encompassing all languages). Microsoft also has cut back "significantly" the amount of disc space needed for SP1.

he size of the SP1 has been one of the major points of criticm by testers of the early builds of the service pack.

Zipkin uncharacteristically shared a bit of advance information about Microsoft's rollout plans for the final SP1 build.

Microsoft plans to release Vista SP1 in two waves: Vista SP1 for Microsoft's five primary languages (English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese) shortly after the product is released to manufacturing. Eight to 12 weeks later, it will roll out the final SP1 installers for all languages, Zipkin said.

Microsoft is planning to make available, as it did with Windows XP SP2 and other Windows releases, a blocking tool that administrators can use to prevent Windows Vista SP1 from being pushed onto users' desktops before they have tested sufficiently the update.

Source: ZDNet…
Create Your Alienware Dream & Win a New PC

For the last 10 months, using the power of Windows Vista Ultimate, DreamScene (A Vista Ultimate Extra) and DeskScapes, 2D and 3D animators have been dipping their toes in the new world of Animated Wallpapers. Today, they have a great reason to jump in with both feet! I'm extremely happy to announce the start of the Create Your Alienware® Dream competition being held here at WinCustomize and sponsored by Alienware®
Fire up those graphics and animation tools and put your abilities to the test to compete with animated wallpaper designers from all over the US.
Here's what you have to do
Create an alien-themed .Dream animated Wallpaper and upload it to the contest site. Use your imagination and skills to put together your animated masterpiece. At the end of the competition, judges from WinCustomize, Stardock and Alienware will review all entries and pick the overall best. Here's what's up for grabs:
Grand Prize - Alienware® Area-51 7500 Desktop PC ($2,994.00 USD)
2nd Place - $1,000 Cash
3rd Place - $500 Cash
You have until December 31st, 11:59pm EST to upload your work. Winners will be selected the first week of January.
For full contest rules, prizes and information, head over to
Interested in hearing more about Alienware competitions and giveaways in the future? Sign up for the Alienware newsletter here.
Click to view.…

Whilst Service Pack 1 is still expected to be the major update to Windows Vista fixing the widespread bugs and issues, at the same time Microsoft is not holding back on these reliability updates I'd like to call 'wonder patches' which seems to be screwing all the right bolts to make Vista flow like the wind, if you fancy analogies.

Today Microsoft released four sets of patches for Windows Vista which claims to improve Vista features across-the-board, Windows Media Player 11 and Media Center.

Source: I Started Something…
The winners of the contests are announced:
I am very happy to say that my VistaGlass V.S took a 7 Place win, and would like to send Congrats to all the winners

To see all the results, go here. TuneUp Style Contest

1st Place:
Carbon-ite by
Ross Fairbanks

Visual Style
1st Place:
Leopard by
Michael Frank

Logon screen
1st Place:
Login Island by
Josh Cardoza

Boot screen
1st Place:
Re-Fire-Flect by
Radek Rokita

Congrats to all the winners
TuneUp Software - one of the brand leaders in Windows customization and optimization -
launches the ultimate contest for Windows Vista™ styles.

Boost up your reputation by getting YOUR design published together with our award-winning software TuneUp Utilities and win one or more of our great prizes!

Get started!

There are FOUR stand-alone contests for you to compete in.
Every contest has its own great prizes and is judged independently by TuneUp.
Take part in one or more contests and post as many designs as you like. It's even possible to win multiple prizes!
Once judged to one of the 50 best designs of each contest, thousands of people will see your very special style in our trendsetting TuneUp Utilities software. Make yourself known by the masses.
This is your chance.

The contest will end at the 14th of August. The winner will be announced at the 21st of August on our website and personally informed by e-mail.

Face the challenge at our TuneUp contest site and get started!

Kind Regards,
Viktor Pfaff

TuneUp Style Contest team
Happy Independance Day to all my friends Hope you enjoy!  
Vista Transformation Pack 7.0  

This program will transform your Windows user interface to ultimate Windows Vista alike looks that everyone will never notice it’s the same old Windows XP (or 2003).Vista Transformation Pack will replace many of the resources in Windows XP/Windows Server 2003. It can change such things as:

-Boot screen -Welcome Screen / Logon Screen -New msstyles files (visual styles)

-New desktop and file icons -New toolbar icons -Progress Dialogs -Sounds scheme -System Tray icons

-New Wallpapers -Windows Media Player Skins

....and more.

TweakVista Public Beta Released!

Today, 9:28 PM by Stardock Central Discussion: WC News
Stardock has released the public beta of TweakVista. TweakVista is a utility that enables users to optimize the performance and behavior of Microsoft® Windows Vista. The program has been designed to allow both casual, non-technical users to safely use it as well as contain a host of advanced features for power users to dig into the internals of Windows Vista. The feature-packed utility includes features such as:

Security Handling. Users can now easily and safely adjust the way Windows handles security prompting including the new UAC (User Account Control)
Memory Optimization. TweakVista knows which start-up services different types of users will typically use and offers recommendations on what services to disable. Users can easily switch between different profiles (including the default) based on their needs to maximize performance and memory use.
Resource Control. Tweak Vista has several features for keeping an eye on and flagging programs that use excessive amounts of resources (memory, CPU, or system handles) as well as integrating seamlessly with built in hardware diagnostic reports.

Start-Up Management. TweakVista not only will display and enable users to control what programs are loading on start-up but will identify in plain English what these programs do. Internet integration in the software allows users to comment on these processes within the program to one another.
Performance Assessments. TweakVista uses the new Windows Vista assessment features to benchmark nearly every aspect of a user's PC and allow them to submit their results for comparison with other users of similar or upgraded hardware. integration. TweakVista partners the software development skills of Stardock with the on-going tweak expertise of to provide an on-going live database of helpful tips and tricks for maximizing the Windows Vista experience.
Additional features are being added during the course of the beta based on user feedback.

"TweakVista has been designed not just for power users but also for every-day computer users," said Brad Wardell, President & CEO of Stardock Corp. "We know a lot of people who are the family/neighborhood 'computer guy' and this program really is for them to use themselves or to hand out to people so that they can help fix and manage their own computers safely."

"TweakVista is the perfect companion for by providing our visitors with an alternative to manually tweaking their systems." said Steve Sinchak, founder of

TweakVista Beta is available for download at…. The final version will be have both a free version as well as a premium version with additional functionality for either $19.95 stand-alone or for $49.95 as part of Stardock's Object Desktop suite of desktop utilities.

TweakVista Beta
Price: Free

I would like to wish everyone a very happy Memorial Day Weekend, and ask you take a moment to remember why you celebrate it.
Object Desktop is a a set of programs which make windows work the way you want it. Object Desktop 2008 will include WindowBlinds 6, SkinStudio 6, TweakVista, DesktopX 4.0, SoundPackager and many more programs to take your OS to the next level.

The Object Desktop 2008 preview is now publicly available. Get a sneak peek of what Stardock has in mind to take Windows XP and Windows Vista to the next level on the link below.

The goal with Object Desktop 2008 is to provide a great deal of value to users of Windows XP but also to start taking advantage of new features of Windows Vista. Some features will only work on Windows Vista but most of the new "stuff" in Object Desktop 2008 is for Windows XP and Windows Vista.…
Well if you have recently updated to Windows Vista, or are thinking about it in the very near future, but at the same time are wondering about customizing your desktop,Here is a Vista compatibility list of Stardock products
This will tell you basically all you need to know....

Stardock products list…
A Happy and Healthy New Year
I wish all your dreams come true in 2007...