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Microsoft's Windows for Thin PCs Hits RC Stage

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Thindows?

Microsoft has another new version of Windows coming up, but it doesn't end in the number 8. The Windows Team just released an RC of Windows Thin PC, or WinTPC, for more specific of restricted applications.

Microsoft's Karri Alexion-Tiernan blogged about some of WinTPC's virtues:

Customers like the reduced footprint of WinTPC – the machines they will likely use it on often have less disk space than brand new machines and WinTPC helps to ensure they will have adequate space. They also like the write filters which are helping customers to secure the device running WinTPC by preventing them from saving data or installing applications locally and they’re also pleased they can leverage their existing System Center products for management and deployment.

Windows Thin PC is expected to hit RTM sometime before summer.

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    hoofhearted , May 4, 2011 12:37 PM
    Less bloat. This would work well for even high-end PCs.
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    pelov , May 4, 2011 12:54 PM
    windows without all the system hog?

    Skeptical user is skeptical.
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    damianrobertjones , May 4, 2011 1:00 PM
    There was also a version for XP. I've been testing the various releases and the stuff you can remove is fantastic, but the options are sometimes less than obvious so TESTING would be essential for anyone considering an install. The option to 'return' a computer to a fresh state after a restart is fantastic, especially for those people that like to 'browse' 'those' types of sites infected with malware.
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    damianrobertjones , May 4, 2011 1:01 PM
    pelovwindows without all the system hog?Skeptical user is skeptical.


    Join the Microsoft Connect site and you can test yourself...
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    Camikazi , May 4, 2011 1:13 PM
    This is very interesting, I got a few PCs that don't do much then run one or two programs and don't need all those extra features... I want.
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    damianrobertjones , May 4, 2011 1:22 PM
    As long as MS offer the software with a FULL description of each 'module', they could sell to consumers, but this isn't FOR consumers. Shame
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    burnley14 , May 4, 2011 1:25 PM
    As long as it costs less than half what a normal copy of Windows does, I'm interested.
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    virtualban , May 4, 2011 1:30 PM
    By the looks of it, this version will not live long enough to reach 2014, so, why bother? *wink wink*
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    scook9 , May 4, 2011 1:37 PM
    This could be popular with smaller sized SSDs
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    Wisecracker , May 4, 2011 1:43 PM
    I'm wunderin' how this might play on the Zacate/Brazos APUs and the Atom. The WP says ....

    Can I run applications on Windows Thin PC?
    Yes, you can only run applications that fall into one of the following
    categories:
    • Remote desktop clients
    • Management
    • Security
    • Media players

    I'd say that's good :) 
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    Daniel Smedegaard Buus , May 4, 2011 1:59 PM
    So, even the Big Gorilla is finally realizing that having development virtues such as "be as lean as possible, always" is actually of value?

    It's all about best practices. We're seeing a retarded OS built by retarded developers starting to adhere to best practice. Decades since... Well, since nothing, because some people were adhering to best practices all along. Like why is Android Linux based.

    So, well done, Monkeysoft, well done. You're starting to adhere to best practices. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is using best-practice platforms to build new ideas.

    Good luck!
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    osserc , May 4, 2011 2:15 PM
    You do realize that when you run over 90% of the consumer computer market and have to maintain backwards compatibility for a couple decades' worth of software and hardware it isn't always possible to be "lean".

    People bitch about Windows having "bloat" then bitch when IE9 won't work on XP. Do you want MS to push things forward and create newer, thinner, modular operating systems or do you want support for 15 year old hardware and software?

    You can't always have both.
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    Saxie81 , May 4, 2011 2:45 PM
    ossercYou do realize that when you run over 90% of the consumer computer market and have to maintain backwards compatibility for a couple decades' worth of software and hardware it isn't always possible to be "lean".People bitch about Windows having "bloat" then bitch when IE9 won't work on XP. Do you want MS to push things forward and create newer, thinner, modular operating systems or do you want support for 15 year old hardware and software?You can't always have both.



    this is why we have virtual machines. I don't always need for my software to be compatible with my software from 15 years ago. I really wish they would streamline the OS...But this locked down garbage is not what I am looking for

    "Yes, you can only run applications that fall into one of the following
    categories:
    • Remote desktop clients
    • Management
    • Security
    • Media players
    However, you cannot run any productivity applications, such as
    Microsoft Office and similar applications."
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    Saljen , May 4, 2011 2:52 PM
    So, is this just regular Windows 7 with less bloat and installation restrictions? Also, what price range does this type of software run? Think it might be perfect for my old laptop, since all I do on it is browse the web. Would speed things up alot from XP I think.
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    damianrobertjones , May 4, 2011 3:12 PM
    Daniel Smedegaard BuusS We're seeing a retarded OS built by retarded developers starting to adhere to best practice. Decades since... Well, since nothing, because some people were adhering to best practices all along. Like why is Android Linux based.So, well done, Monkeysoft, well done. You're starting to adhere to best practices. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is using best-practice platforms to build new ideas.Good luck!


    What an idiotic post! This was also available for Windows XP so it's NOTHING NEW!
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    damianrobertjones , May 4, 2011 3:15 PM
    Saxie81However, you cannot run any productivity applications, such as Microsoft Office and similar applications."


    ? While testing Office and Plants Vs Zombies ran just fine thanks ?
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    damianrobertjones , May 4, 2011 3:16 PM
    saljenSo, is this just regular Windows 7 with less bloat and installation restrictions? Also, what price range does this type of software run? Think it might be perfect for my old laptop, since all I do on it is browse the web. Would speed things up alot from XP I think.


    No, you can 'set' install restrictions if you like. you have choices as it's not set in stone. Also, the default install does not restrict ANYTHING from being installed and kept, exactly like Win7.
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    osserc , May 4, 2011 3:27 PM
    Saxie81this is why we have virtual machines. I don't always need for my software to be compatible with my software from 15 years ago. I really wish they would streamline the OS...But this locked down garbage is not what I am looking for "Yes, you can only run applications that fall into one of the following categories:• Remote desktop clients• Management• Security• Media playersHowever, you cannot run any productivity applications, such as Microsoft Office and similar applications."


    Virtual machines are not an efficient answer for the consumer market, and don't address the legacy hardware problem.

    The thin windows version is specifically for thin clients, dumb terminals, blah blah. Basically Bobby Cubicle remoting into a server to run business apps.

    I'm with you in hoping Win8 goes the efficient, modular route. Fingers crossed!
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    reggieray , May 4, 2011 3:55 PM
    OK, they took Vista SP3, I mean 7 and stripped it down, zzzzz. The Aero Direct x hog will probably be gone or if they are smart they will start using Open GL or Open CL.
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    reggieray , May 4, 2011 3:59 PM
    osserc".People bitch about Windows having "bloat" then bitch when IE9 won't work on XP. Do you want MS to push things forward and create newer, thinner, modular operating systems or do you want support for 15 year old hardware and software?You can't always have both.


    Unix based OS's are modular, ones like Linux or OS X and one reason they are more secure and better overall. For Microbloat to go modular they would have to drop their NSA co-authored proprietary OS and join the rest of the world, not going to happen..
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