doPDF — Freeware to Save Documents to PDF on Windows Vista

dopdf On Mac OS X, you can easily save any document as PDF format. It is a built-in feature. We do not have the useful feature on Windows Vista (or any other versions of Windows) but it can be done with external software. I recommend doPDF to save your documents to PDF format on Windows.

doPDF is a FREE PDF converter that allows you to create PDF files by selecting the “Print” command from virtually any application. With one click you can convert your Microsoft Excel, Word or PowerPoint documents or your emails and favourite web sites to PDF files.

After installing doPDF, you will get a virtual printer named “doPDF”. Simply select the printer from the “Print” menu and it will convert and save your document to PDF format. No nag, no watermark and it’s free!

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Download Windows Vista SP1

Microsoft Windows VistaNow you can download Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) via Windows Update or Microsoft Download Center. Windows Vista SP1 is an update to Windows Vista that addresses specific reliability and performance issues, supports new types of hardware, and adds support for several emerging standards.

How to install Windows Vista SP1?

You can manually check Windows Update on your Windows Vista for Windows Vista SP1. If Windows Vista SP1 is not listed, there could be several reasons. Here are the most common reasons:

  • You have not yet installed all the prerequisite packages you need for Windows Vista SP1. Click “check for updates” on Windows Update control panel to install them, before you can install Windows Vista SP1.
  • You have a pre-released version of SP1. You need to uninstall it before installing the final release of SP1.
  • You already have Windows Vista SP1.
  • Windows Vista SP1 released in 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, German, and Japanese). If you have ANY other language installed, SP1 will not yet be offered to you.
  • Windows Update detected drivers that may be problematic when updating to SP1 and will not offer the service pack until an update has been installed.


“Windows Vista: The Missing Manual”

Download standalone Windows Vista SP1

Beside getting Windows Vista SP1 via Windows Update. You may also download the Standalone version of the service pack. The standalone version of Windows Vista SP1 is a big size (434.5MB) executable file named “Windows6.0-KB936330-X86-wave0.exe”.

The standalone version is useful when you need to install Windows Vista SP1 on several computers (save total download time on each computers). If you are only install Vista SP1 on just one computer, you should get a smaller size download (~65MB) on Windows Update.

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Windows 7, the Next Microsoft Operating System

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Just a few months after the launch of Windows Vista, CNET News.com has learned that Microsoft is planning for next version of Windows called “Windows 7” around 2010.

Windows 7 was previously known by the code name Vienna. Windows 7 is the internal code name. Like Windows Vista, It will be shipped in consumer and business versions, and in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Microsoft hasn’t revealed much information about the features of the next operating system.

Why “7”?

According to Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows, “Since Windows Vista is really Windows 6.0, Vienna will presumably be version 7.0.”

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Download Windows Vista SP1 Beta 1 in Mid-July

Microsoft Windows VistaMicrosoft will deliver the Beta 1 of Vista SP1, the first service pack for Windows Vista, in mid-July 2007.

The news source claimed that Microsoft will release Beta 1 version of Vista SP1 at around July 16, 2007. The final version of Vista SP1 will be released in November 2007. Note that Windows Server 2008 is also scheduled to release in November 2007.

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Windows Vista and Office 2007 Price List in Malaysia

This post is part of the blogging series “Windows Vista Launch in Malaysia

Microsoft Windows VistaMicrosoft Windows Vista and Office 2007 have been launched in Malaysia. Are you tempting to get them? Here are the different Windows Vista and Office 2007 price lists I collected in Malaysia.

Windows Vista and Office 2007 Full Version

I got the price list from the official Microsoft outlet at Low Yat Plaza. It is correct to the date I got them.

Windows Vista Home PremiumRM 899
Windows Vista BusinessRM 1,199
Windows Vista UltimateRM 1,499
  
MS Office 2007 Home and Student*RM 599
MS Office 2007 StandardRM 1,299
MS Office 2007 Small BusinessRM 1,499
MS Office 2007 ProfessionalRM 1,599

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