Tag: Windows

Microsoft File Transfer Manager

Microsoft File Transfer Manager (FTM) is a client-side application whose purpose is to provide secure and guaranteed delivery when downloading or uploading large files over the internet. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had to use FTM quite extensively primarily because of all the Vista/ Office downloads from Connect and MSDN.

One of the limitations of FTM is that it didn’t appear as an application that I could launch directly. If you find yourself in a similar situation where you just need to re-launch FTM, try the following method:

  • Click on Start
  • Click on Run
  • Type cmd
  • Type cd %SystemRoot%\Downloaded Program Files\
  • Type TransferMgr.exe and press Enter

Related Links: Microsoft File Transfer Manager

Vista on MSDN

Vista x86 and x64 are now available on MSDN. I’ve started the download but boy is it slow. At this rate it may be easier to wait for the next MSDN shipment to arrive.

Update: I’ve had to start the download again as an accidental routine system cleanup ended up deleting the 2.x GB temporary file. Starting the download again but now it’s blazing at 600 KB/second. Nice!

Systeminfo Utility

I just came across a nice utility that displays all your system information from the command line. I believe the tool only works in Windows XP and higher, however, to run the tool follow the steps listed below:

1) Click on Start

2) Click on Run

3) Type cmd and click OK

4) Type systeminfo and press Enter

Can my computer run Vista?

Can your computer run Windows Vista? If you’re trying to find out or need to start budgeting for that video card upgrade try the new Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor. It looks like all my computers are out of luck when it comes to Vista. But perhaps you’ll fair better.

According to the Microsoft Vista site, “The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor is a small beta application that you can run on your current Windows XP-based computer to find out if it’s ready for an upgrade to Windows Vista. When you run the Upgrade Advisor, it will scan your computer and generate an easy-to-understand report of any known system and device compatibility issues, along with recommendations on how you can get your PC ready for Windows Vista. Microsoft plans to add functionality to Upgrade Advisor, such as checking how your software applications will run with Windows Vista. Download the beta version today and check this site in a few months for a new version.”