Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How To Download Windows 7. Step by Step Guide

The following is a step by step guide on how to download the Windows 7 Release Candidate efficiently without slowdowns or page errors. The normal process is currently under heavy load and it is not a real pleasure to try to log complete the procedure over and over again. Here is what you need to know to speed up this process:

1. Open the Microsoft Windows 7 website.
2. Instead of scrolling down to pick the Windows 7 Release Candidate you click on the IT pros: Get the RC plus expert advice link in the right sidebar. (direct links: MSDN, Technet)


















3. Click on Sign In in the upper right corner, this should be very fast. The sign in opens in a new window. You need a Windows Live account to sign in.












4. Scroll down and pick your edition of the Windows 7 RC that you want to download.








5. The process will be much faster since you are already logged in. Microsoft will display a small form. Fill out the information and continue. The next page should display the Windows 7 Release Candidate product key plus the download link.














6. Keep the download window open until it finishes downloading

No Next-Gen Video Game Consoles Till 2013 – Analyst

This year Microsoft Xbox 360 becomes four years old game console and Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation 3 turn three years old, about time to think, or at least begin thinking, about next-generation video game systems. However, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes that there will be no new game consoles until the year 2013.

“We note that video game software sales typically peak in the year prior to the introduction of a new generation console, as many consumers begin to slow purchases in anticipation of purchasing a new console the next year. We do not expect a “new” console in 2010 (other than the long-rumored high definition Wii, which is likely to upgrade the Wii to current console technology). We do not expect the “next” generation to begin before 2013, if at all,” said Mr. Pachter in a note.

It is unclear what the analyst wanted to say by “if at all”, but an anticipation that the video game consoles will cease to evolve with the current generation means rather dramatic change for the industry.

In fact, Michael Pachter is not the only one who expects the present generation of consoles to have a very long lifespan. In fact, even some game developers expected the next generation to arrive in 2012 or even in 2018. Nevertheless, there are those, who have already started to develop 3D rendering engines for PlayStation 4 and Xbox 3.

While from some point of view it may be comfortable for Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony to sell existing hardware and make profits on software for it, they all realize that at some point demands of end-users will become higher and sales of both software and hardware will collapse. Even Sony, which claims that its consoles have ten years lifecycles introduced its PlayStation 2 five years after the PlayStation, whereas the PlayStation 3 was brought to market about six years after the PS2.

Intel Invests into Manufacturer of Semiconductor Equipment

Intel Capital, Intel Corp,'s global investment organization, on Tuesday announced an investment in ASM International (ASMI), one of the world’s leading producers of equipment used to manufacture semiconductors. The company said that the investment will help ASMI to “support semiconductor manufacturing innovation for advanced process technology”.

“Equipment and materials innovation is critical to enabling new capabilities in semiconductor device manufacturing. Our investment in ASMI is part of Intel Capital's strategy to foster innovation that aligns with Intel's manufacturing technology roadmap,” said Arvind Sodhani, Intel executive vice president and president of Intel Capital.

Intel Capital's investment through open market stock purchases is 4% of ASMI's total common share capital, based on approximately 54 million common shares outstanding. Earlier this year Tokyo Electron, a competitor of ASMI, acquired 4.9% stake in ASMI also through a purchase on the open market.

ASMI has been at the forefront of delivering materials and equipment innovation to integrated circuit manufacturers worldwide. ASMI’s equipment and materials are used in wafer processing, assembly and packaging of semiconductor devices. Its advanced technologies, which meet key International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors criteria, are important to extending Moore's law.

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 Release Candidate, Finalizes Requirements

Microsoft Corp. this week makes available the release candidate of Windows 7 operating system and also revealed finalized minimum system requirements for the forthcoming OS. According to the software giant, Windows 7 will be able to operate even on rather outdated systems, such as those equipped with 1GHz central processing unit and 1GB of memory.

“Listening to our partners and customers has been fundamental to the development of Windows 7. We heard them and worked hard to deliver the highest quality Release Candidate in the history of Windows. We have more partner support than we’ve ever had for an RC and are pleased to say that the Windows 7 RC has hit the quality and compatibility bar for enterprises to start putting it through its paces and testing in earnest,” said Bill Veghte, senior vice president for the Windows business at Microsoft.

With the release candidate, Microsoft is also providing guidance on the minimum system requirements for Windows 7. According to the company, Windows 7 will work on a broader array of hardware than any other release of Windows at launch. The official minimum system requirements are as follows:

* 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
* 1GB of RAM (32-bit)/2GB of RAM (64-bit)
* 16GB of available disk space (32-bit)/20GB (64-bit)
* DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Model 1.0 or higher driver

Microsoft Windows 7 is projected to be officially released on the 23rd of October, 2009.

It is widely known that Microsoft has been working hard to improve user interface as well as performance in Windows 7 and make the new OS much more user friendly overall. Many reviewers and early adopters agree that Microsoft has succeeded in improving its desktop OS dramatically. Microsoft Windows 7 will also bring numerous further improvements, including DirectX 11 application programming interface, as well as support for touch-based input.