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IT Blog: How to make Windows XP as a Router (IP Forwarding) April 23, 2012

Posted by John Ruby in Microsoft, Platforms & EcoSystems, Windows.
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Enabling IP forwarding using Windows XP Professional will make it as a router. As an example, let say you have 7 computers and 2 network switches, and need to create 2 networks that can access Internet, so how to do it? Some more information, one of the computers is equipped with 3 network cards and one of the network cards is connected to cable/DSL modem to access Internet, so this computer will act as a router:

XP Router Network

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesTcpipParameters
Right click IPEnableRouter registry object, and click Modify.
Note: Be extra careful when you deal with registry editor, wrong editing will crash you Windows OS. so you need to backup your registry.

IPEnableRouter

3) The IPEnableRouter window will appear. Type 1 as Value data and click OK.

IP 
Forwarding

4) Close the regisrty editor and reboot the computer. After rebooting, all the computers should be able to access Internet and also share the file/printer between network A and B.

IT Blog: How to make Windows XP as a Router (IP Forwarding)

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview: Internet Explorer 10 Secrets March 3, 2012

Posted by John Ruby in BlogoSphere, Microsoft, Paul Thurrott, Platforms & EcoSystems, Windows.
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Looking at Windows 8 broadly, I think the most curious and interesting thing about this new operating system is its dual–and dueling–personalities. This is most obviously seen in Windows 8’s new Windows runtime, or WinRT, which provides a Metro-style environment and the Start screen in addition to the more traditional Windows desktop. But it can also be seen in Internet Explorer 10.

IE 10 is a curious beast. There are two versions of this application, really two completely separate applications, in Windows 8. One is a Metro-style app and more locked down and constrained while providing a unique full-screen browsing experience that will be useful on tablets and other highly mobile devices. The other is a traditional desktop application that looks and works much like its predecessor and is fully extensible with third-party add-ons.

The two share the same rendering engines, of course, the same bookmarks, and some basic features like tabs. But the interaction between these two separate IE versions may be unclear to most users. Add a third party browser or two, or muck around with configuring a different browser as the default, and things get even weirder.

So let’s discuss a few of what I consider to be IE 10’s biggest secrets. Some of these are subtle, but those who upgrade to Windows 8 in particular, this will be worth understanding.

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The Ones That Didn’t Make It: Windows’ Failed Rivals March 2, 2012

Posted by John Ruby in Archives, Microsoft, Platforms & EcoSystems, Windows.
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A quarter century ago, a new package called Windows faced some pretty daunting competition.

By Harry McCracken  |  Monday, November 22, 2010 at 5:37 am

Microsoft shipped Windows 1.0 on November 20th, 1985. Twenty-five years and two days later, it’s not just hard to remember an era in which Windows wasn’t everywhere–it’s also easy to forget that it wasn’t a given that it would catch on, period.

The company had announced the software in November of 1983, before most PC users had ever seen a graphical user interface or touched the input device known as a mouse. But by the time Windows finally shipped two years later, after a series of embarrassing delays, it had seemingly blown whatever first-mover advantage it might have had. At least four other major DOS add-ons that let users run multiple programs in “windows” had already arrived.

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With WOA, It’s Windows NT All Over Again March 2, 2012

Posted by John Ruby in BlogoSphere, Microsoft, Platforms & EcoSystems, Windows, WindowsITPro.
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February 14, 2012 11:31 AM

With WOA, It’s Windows NT All Over Again

Paul Thurrott

Windows IT Pro

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Gather ’round the camp fire, guys, it’s story time. And tonight’s story is a tale of redemption, a story ’bout the greatest OS ever made, a sad stretch in the wilderness, and its rebirth this year as a champion of a new generation of devices. Yes, folks, I’m talking about Windows NT. And it’s back, baby.
Twenty long years ago, Microsoft raided the near-corpse of the struggling minicomputer maker DEC, taking, among other things, Dave Cutler and a cadre of his closest friends and coworkers. Cutler was frustrated when DEC cancelled the microkernel-based OS he was working on, and Microsoft offered the cure: a chance to design its own next-generation OS, called NT (for New Technology).

iPads aren’t less expensive than PCs — the average selling price of a laptop computer right now is about $450, below the starting price of the iPad, which runs from $500 to $830 — and this in no small way contributed to a broad misunderstanding of how successful the device would be. But iPads are significantly simpler than PCs. And the key bit is that, for most people, they do everything expected of a more complex PC, but in a friendlier, touch-centric way.

Read More…With WOA, It’s Windows NT All Over Again

I almost forgot the days when Windows NT came out of the box with multiple CDs for each of the Architectures. Even more recently I remember the Itanium DVD floating around. If WOA support Group Policy this will sell like hotcakes in SMB and Enterprise,

Microsoft to reveal more Windows 8 Enterprise details at CeBIT conference next week | The Verge March 2, 2012

Posted by John Ruby in BlogoSphere, Microsoft, Platforms & EcoSystems, The Verge, Windows.
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By Dieter Bohnon February 29, 2012 11:00 am

Windows 8 Enterprise

During today’s Windows 8 keynote, Microsoft showed off a previously-known Enterprise features like Windows To Go, which allows a computer to boot into Windows 8 off of a USB stick. Microsoft also demoed "Storage Spaces," which allows a Windows 8 machine to act as a hard drive array, providing simple, massive storage to any computer on the network. It seems as though there’s yet more to Windows 8 Enterprise that the company has yet to reveal, but more will be revealed next week at the CeBIT conference in Hanover. The conference begins on March 6th and The Verge will be there to bring you all the details from the next Windows 8 event.

Microsoft also emphasized that enterprise users will benefit from the fact that Windows 8 offers the same experience on all manner of devices, from very small to very large and powerful. It’s a theme that the company hit on consistently throughout the entire keynote, and very likely going to be one of the big talking points when it comes time to directly compete with Apple’s iPad ecosystem.

Read More…Microsoft to reveal more Windows 8 Enterprise details at CeBIT conference next week | The Verge

That’s a great diagram showing how the ecosystem has reach in many spaces.

Windows 8 vs. iPad: feature by feature | The Verge March 2, 2012

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ipad vs windows 8 comparison

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview was made available to download yesterday, giving everyone a chance to experience the company’s most revolutionary change in user interface since Windows 95. The interaction paradigm has shifted from a mouse-centric desktop to a touch-friendly, highly visual Metro style UI. The old Start orb has been retired and replaced by a Charms bar, which is brought to life with an inward swipe from the right. A swipe from the top down dismisses the app you’re in and returns you to the home screen, and the left and bottom edges also have actions associated with them. Gestures play a very significant role in Windows 8, but they’re only one aspect of a truly gargantuan list of changes……

Windows 8 vs. iPad: feature by feature | The Verge

Disappointing review they really didn’t show off features that Windows 8 had and that the iPad didn’t. The features were ones compared to the limited iPad set. For example the author failed to point out you can easily switch to a Full Internet explorer from the Metro Internet Explorer. For a full detailed overview of Windows 8 CP feature see Paul Thurott’s SuperSite for Windows, www.winsupersite.com. Many of his articles are linked here.