Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) and Sysinternals Disk2VHD

In this free video we  first dive into what a VHD is, how you can boot from a VHD by configuring bcdedit settings, and we see how they look in Disk Management. We then use Sysinternals Disk2VHD - a quick and easy way to make a VHD from a Physical drive. We also discuss the Volume Shadow Copy Service.

Additional Resources:
Sysinternals Disk2VHD
Scott Hanselmen - Guide to Installing and Booting off a VHD

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper is a basic, portable antivirus tool that can be run from a CD/DVD or USB drive to try to rescue a computer that doesn’t boot up.

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper’s executable file downloads all necessary files during installation, which means you need to be connected to the Internet when creating your bootable CD or USB drive. They all take about 250 MB and may a take a while to download – we actually had to try a few times to successfully finish installing Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper.

Once launched, Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper scans the computer in search of viruses, rootkits and other malware. The scan can be paused and resumed, and the program also lets you download new virus signature files – as long as the infected system has an Internet connection.

Note that Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper is not a replacement for a full antivirus, as it doesn’t provide the same level of protection. It’s more like a first-aid tool for situations in which you can’t turn your PC on due to a virus or malware infection.

Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper is a standalone basic antivirus tool that can help you boot up and rescue an infected computer from a CD or USB drive.

 

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Microsoft Office now available for iPhone

The iPhone app comes with Word, Excel and PowerPoint and will sync with Microsoft's SkyDrive online storage service. Microsoft said people will be able to pick up a Word document exactly where they left off on another computer tied to the same account, while comments they add to a Word or Excel file will appear when they open it up on another machine.

Although documents will be reformatted to fit the phone's screen, the company said the iPhone app will preserve charts, animation, comments and other key properties. That's not always the case with programs offered by Google and other companies to work with Office files on mobile devices.

It's meant for lightweight editing, not complex calculations or heavy graphical work, Schneider said. Someone about to give a speech can review a PowerPoint presentation and fix a typo, for instance. Someone getting a Word or Excel document as an email attachment can add comments or make changes, then send it back, either as an email attachment or through a sharing feature on SkyDrive.

People with Office 365 subscriptions will be able to run the new app on up to five iPhones, in addition to the five Mac or Windows computers. People in the United States were able to get it from Apple's app store. Availability in other countries will follow in the coming days. Downloading is free, but a subscription is needed for the app to work.