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Belkin’s Easy Transfer USB Cable Makes Taking The Windows 7 Plunge Easier


By David Ponce

October 22nd is just around the corner and with it the launch of Windows 7. Retarded promotional videos aside, this OS has a few people excited as it might actually not suck. So if you’re thinking of buying a new PC running the new OS but are afraid you’ll have to painstakingly transfer all “user accounts, Windows settings, files and folders, pictures and photos, MP3s and other music, videos, program settings and program data, and e-mail messages, settings, and contacts” to the new PC, Belkin’s got you covered with this Easy Transfer Cable. Designed to work with Windows 7’s Easy Transfer utility, it’ll simply automate the entire process. Plug one end to the old PC, another to the new and run the included software.

Once the transfer done, a post migration report is generated, which gives you a comprehensive view of everything that was transferred. Because of possible incompatibility issues, programs and applications are not transferred to the new computer. Instead, the utility provides a list of all the programs and applications that were installed on the old PC along with links to the latest versions of the programs if they are provided by the software developer.

The cable is about $33 and available in North America starting October 23rd. Q1 in Europe and Asia.

[ Amazon Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Microsoft Allows Any Version Of Windows 7 On Netbooks, Lifts Restriction On Starter Edition


By Chris Scott Barr

With Windows 7 coming out next month, we’re hearing more and more news about the upcoming OS from Microsoft. Two rather important pieces of info have just been announced. First, we now know that netbook manufacturers will not be required to use the scaled-down ‘Starter’ edition. They will in fact be allowed to install any version that they like. Windows 7 Starter has a few drawbacks such as it will only be available in 32-bit and will be missing Aero Glass, Taskbar Previews and Aero Peek.

The second piece of news is also regarding the Starter Edition. Microsoft had originally stated that this most basic of versions would restrict the number of applications you could have running. In fact, not being able to run more than three programs simultaneously was one of the biggest concerns about this particular version. Well rejoice future Starter Edition owners! Microsoft has officially lifted this restriction, allowing you to run as many applications as your computer can handle.

[ Microsoft ] VIA [ TG Daily ]

Redefining Asinine: Microsoft’s Launch Party Promo/Instructional Video

By David Ponce

This. Is. Just. Awful. Just so you’re up to speed, Microsoft will be releasing Windows 7 on October 22nd and as part of their launch promotions, they’ve asked people to host launch parties for the new OS. If chosen as a host, you’d have received a free Signature Edition of Windows 7 Ultimate and run a chance to win a $750. The video above was created for these chosen hosts as both a promotional tool and somewhat of an instructional video on how to host one of these parties. Never mind now though since confirmations are already being sent out. The point here is just how freaking horrible and asinine the above video is.

I have an idea. Watch it, and then in the comments here tell us what you’d rather do than attend a Windows 7 launch party? Myself, I’d rather spend an entire day cleaning old dentures with a toothpick.

VIA [ Crunchgear ]

Students Can Upgrade To Windows 7 For $30


By Chris Scott Barr

Windows 7 will be hitting stores in just over a month, which means that lots of people will be looking to upgrade. If you happen to be a college student, Microsoft has announced that you will be able to upgrade to the newest OS for just $30 for a limited time.

Very soon students will be able to pre-order their upgrade copy of Windows 7 Home Premium for just $30. The only requirement is that you have a college email address. Then, on October 22 you will be able to download your copy and install it. Sure, some schools already have programs in place that hook students up with copies of Windows, but this will make sure that every student has a chance to get in on the deal. The offer is good until January 3, 2010.

[ Microsoft ] VIA [ Neowin ]

Note: The Offer is good in the UK as well for £30. The US offer site doesn’t appear to be showing the info yet, but the UK one is working.

Windows 7 Upgrade Can Take Up To 21 Hours (In Extreme Cases)

Windows7 Upgrade

By Chris Scott Barr

Windows 7 will be out before you know it, so it’s probably good to start thinking about upgrading. Namely, if you’re going to do a clean install, or attempt to keep all of your files/programs in tact by performing a straight upgrade. Personally, I like starting out fresh, but that doesn’t work for everyone. Well if you’re planning on doing an upgrade, here’s an idea of just how long it is going to take.

So basically, you’re looking at anywhere between 30 minutes and 21 hours for the upgrade. That’s right, if you have middle-of-the-road computer with a ton of crap on it, the upgrade will take all day. Honestly, at that point you’re better off just backing up the data and installing fresh. For that matter, if you really have 650Gb worth of data, it really shouldn’t be on your primary hard drive in the first place.

[ Technet ] VIA [ Ars Technica ]

Windows 7 Trial Period Can Be Extended To 120 Days


By Chris Scott Barr

If you’re on the fence about Windows 7, you’re not alone. Many people didn’t like Vista, which makes them leery of upgrading to the next OS from Microsoft. Up until last week you could have downloaded the RC1 Build, but even that isn’t the full polished version you’d get with a new PC. Thankfully, Microsoft seems to know that some people aren’t ready to jump in headfirst and buy a brand new copy right off the bat. As such, they are going to let anyone test out their latest offering for a trial period before requiring them to purchase a license.

No, trial periods aren’t anything new to Windows. Generally Microsoft has allowed 30 days for you to make up your mind before asking you to send some money their way. This time around, you can extend the trial to a full 120 days. That should be long enough for just about anyone to realize that Windows 7 is a solid OS. I’ve been using it full-time on all of my Windows machines for a few months now, and couldn’t be happier. Except maybe when I’m on my Mac. (I kid, I kid.)

[ Telegraph ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

Microsoft Considers Shipping Windows 7 On USB Flash Drives

By Chris Scott Barr

Lets say that you purchased yourself a new netbook not long ago, and come this fall you decide to upgrade to Windows 7. How exactly are you planning on doing that without an optical drive? Sure, with you being the tech-savvy customer, you won’t have too much trouble doing this. Of course not every person is going to have such an easy time, which is why Microsoft is considering releasing the next version of Windows on a USB flash drive.

I’m glad to hear that Microsoft is considering this alternative installation method. Granted, users can  download their copy of Windows, but not everyone wants to mess with it. The USB drive would be simple and straight-forward. My biggest question is whether or not Microsoft would charge more for a flash drive, since they do cost a few bucks more than a disc.

[ Cnet ] VIA [ EverythingUSB ]

Microsoft Outlines Windows 7 Upgrade Program


By Shane McGlaun

We talked earlier about pricing for Windows 7 now that its launch is getting closer. The OS will debut in October, which is only months away. Many are expecting great things out of Windows 7 and it better deliver where Vista failed.

Microsoft says that anyone who buys a Vista equipped PC starting on June 26 will be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 7 for free. The catch is that only certain versions of Vista are eligible for upgrade. That means if you buy a cheap computer running Vista Basic, you get no upgrade.

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