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  • Microsoft Releases New OS for Old PCs,aid,126408,00.asp

    Software is designed to extend the life of aging systems by turning them into thin clients.

    James Niccolai, IDG News Service
    Thursday, July 13, 2006

    Microsoft released a new version of its operating system for businesses this week that extends the life of older PCs by effectively turning them into thin-client computers.


    Called Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs, the software is offered only to customers on Microsoft's Software Assurance licensing and maintenance program. It's not a full-featured OS, but it improves the security and manageability of PCs for customers with systems that are too old for Windows XP and who aren't ready yet to upgrade their hardware, Microsoft said.

    The company first discussed the software last September as one of a series of perks intended to improve the value of Software Assurance, which had been criticized by some customers. Fundamentals for Legacy PCs was originally targeted for release last month.

    Local Apps vs. Hosted Apps

    The OS can run only a few programs locally, such as security tools, management tools, and document viewers, which means line-of-business and productivity applications will need to be run remotely on a server.

    The trade-off is that the older PCs will be able to run the latest security and management tools, and the end user experience should be similar to that with Windows XP, according to Microsoft, making help desk calls easier to deal with. Customers will also have a fully-supported OS.

    Among the other sweeteners offered to Software Assurance customers was exclusive access to a new, enterprise edition of Windows Vista due out in November. The OS is expected to include a hardware-based encryption system to protect data if a laptop is lost or stolen, among other benefits.

    It also allows customers to run four versions of the enterprise OS on one PC using virtualization software. In line with that, Microsoft announced this week that Virtual PC 2007 for Windows Vista PCs, as well as the current Virtual PC 2004 SP product, are now available to customers for free.

    Hmmm this may be useful if u can hack it to think that a second hd is a network drive and just run the programs that way
    or run a NAS drive as you main drive powered off the 12v rail
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  • #2
    Seen it 12 years ago... its nice that windows is catching up.
    Rana Hossain
    Author of CarJatra

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    • #3
      Originally posted by lostreception
      Hmmm this may be useful if u can hack it to think that a second hd is a network drive and just run the programs that way or run a NAS drive as you main drive powered off the 12v rail
      No, it's a terminal services client. The applications execute on a large server somewhere but the display is sent down the network and appears on the screen of the PC running this OS.

      It's a bit like VNC only it supports multiple users with their own displays and doesn't suck ***.


      • #4
        This isn't useful for cars unless you're planning on keeping a pentium-133 as your primary PC and a Win2k3 server in the trunk appserving through terminal services.
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