Best CD, DVD, Blue-Ray Disc Burning Software for Windows (Free and Paid)

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Rob Boirun. If you would like to contribute too, please contact me.

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When shopping for the best free software for DVD burning on Windows it’s important to know what is offered in a free version over a paid version. While this information will explain a few free burning apps and their benefits, I will also explain a few paid options as well, in regards to what they provide over the freeware counterparts.

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How to Get Your FREE Windows 7 Upgrade in Malaysia

Microsoft Windows 7 will launch in Malaysia by tomorrow (Oct 23, 2009). Many users are waiting to upgrade their PC, but some of you can get free upgrade to Windows 7!

If you have bought a PC with Windows Vista (Home Premium, Business or Ultimate) installed between June 26, 2009 and January 31, 2010, you are eligible for a FREE Windows 7 upgrade!

(As expected, Windows XP does NOT qualify for the free Windows 7 Upgrade Program. Sorry, WinXP netbook users.)

How to get your FREE Windows 7 Upgrade Kit?

First of all, you need to check your Windows Vista part number at the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Option page. If yours are included, congrats!

Next, check with your PC manufacturers.

Most branded PC manufacturers are participated in the Windows 7 Free Upgrade program, such as: Dell, HP, Lenovo, SONY, TOSHIBA, Asus, Fujitsu, Acer, and others.

Visit the link of your PC manufacturer above to register and get your Windows 7 Upgrade, 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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