More 64 bit goodness

When I first built my Vista 64 bit PC, Windows Live Writer and Live Messenger didn’t support 64 bit. To get around that I had to install very early beta versions of both products.

Now that Windows Live has left beta and is loose in the wild, both Writer and Messenger now support 64 bit OSes.

You can get the latest versions of all the Windows Live products here.


November 9, 2007 at 9:13 pm Leave a comment

Windows Home Server doesn’t (didn’t) do x64

If you try to run the Windows Home Server Connector CD on a Vista x64 machine you get this:


To get it to install on Vista 64 you need to bypass SETUP.EXE to get the connector to install. With the Windows Home Server Connector CD in a drive, open a command prompt with Administrator privileges and type the following:

msiexec /i "D:\WHSConnector.msi" WHSMSI="RUNSETUP"

Which results in a much more hopeful beginning as shown below:


Backup doesn't work (at all) for Vista 64 machines, but you can share files with other users and your XBOX 360, and that's what's important something anyway.

Thanks to this post on the Ms Windows Home Server blog for the tip.

November 8, 2007 at 7:47 pm Leave a comment

Windows Server 2008 RC0

I installed W2K8 RC0 using MS VirtualPC 2007 today. It installed without a hitch and I fogot how much like Vista it was going to look. MS sure got their money’s worth out of that icon set. You can even add the Desktop Experience feature and get familiar Vista applications installed on your server. If (for some reason) you want to.

I’ll be experimenting with Windows Server Virtualization on this VM later this week.

UPDATE: No I won’t be, because WSV won’t run:

  • on a Virtual Machine
  • on a x86 version of W2K8

I need to build a hardware and x64 based server to experiment with WSV. So, probably next week instead of this week.

October 10, 2007 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

New PC – the 64 Bit update

OK, the data drive arrived and is installed. I redirected all of my folders to point to D:\ DATA (here’s how, if you’re interested) and started installing things like Office, developer tools, etc. I found full 64-bit drivers for my HP Deskjet 6840 and my Canon CanoScan 4200F so all my hardware is 64-bit. So far all software is installing fine on 64 bit Vista Ultimate. except, ironically, the current Windows Live Writer (beta3) and the Windows Home Server connector software. Sigh. They’re both ‘coming soon’ so I’ve installed beta1 on Live Writer and am just going to wait for the WHS connecter.

Have I mentioned why I’ve gone 64 bit with the new hardware? Well, I blame it all on RAM. 32 bit versions of any OS only address 4GB of RAM (and not even all of the 4GB.) I need lots of RAM to run the virtual machines I use to prototype client solutions, test service packs, evaluate OSes, test interoperability, for training, demos, and more. So, I got a motherboard that would hold 8GB of RAM and filled it up. Now I’ve got plenty of RAM to give out to virtual machines. Putting the .VHD files on a separate spindle (D:\DATA) from their .VMC files (C:\OS) makes them even faster.

Works for me. 

September 30, 2007 at 7:57 pm Leave a comment

New PC – the waiting game

I ordered the parts for the new PC last Monday evening. I received two boxes from newegg (shipped from L.A.) on Wednesday morning, paying only for standard shipping.

 IMG_4060 By 5:00 PM the PC was assembled, booted, Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit was loaded, all updates were applied, 64bit drivers were located and installed for the printer and scanner, and I was sad. Very very sad.

The only thing missing from the shipment was the drive I’m going to install programs and store data on.



So it just sits there, connected to the world while I wait for the data IMG_4063drive (shipped from Memphis, TN.)  Should be here tomorrow which means I can install it on Tuesday.  And then get on with this project.

September 23, 2007 at 7:26 pm Leave a comment

Time for a new PC

I think it’s time for a new PC. I currently have a Shuttle PC (G5) which has worked great for me for more than 2 years; but I need more storage, more speed, and more RAM. I’ve upgraded the HDD to 300GB and upped the RAM to 2 GB but I need more. I’d also like to get a dual-core processor with virtual extension support for my virtual machine adventures.

So, after lots of research and measuring available space and reading reviews and checking specs here’s what I’ve ordered from my friends at

Case – Rosewill R5601-BK 0.8mm SECC Screw-less Dual 120mm Fans ATX Mid Tower

Power supply – Rosewill RX850-D-B ATX12V v2.2 & EPS12V v2.91 850W Power Supply

Motherboard – ASUS M2R32-MVP AM2 AMD 580X CrossFire ATX

Processor – AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache

CPU cooler – Scythe SCMNJ-1000 80mm Sleeve “NINJA MINI”

Memory – (2) G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

Video card – HIS Hightech H260PRQT512DDN-R Radeon HD 2600PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16

OS drive – Western Digital Raptor150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150

Data drive – Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

DVD burners (2) – LITE-ON 2MB Cache SATA

Floppy drive – SAMSUNG Black 1.44MB 3.5″ Internal Floppy Drive

Should be fun.

September 18, 2007 at 8:23 pm 3 comments

Finally, you can find those stars other people claim they see.

Using Google Earth, of course. Just turn on the Sky view in the latest version of Google Earth to see the stars above your location. Uses millions of photographs to show you what those city lights and layers of pollution have been hiding from you. Link to a demo.

August 22, 2007 at 9:09 am Leave a comment

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