Thursday, July 12, 2012

Are you going to upgrade to Windows 7 Yes? or No?

Upgrading to Windows 7

This have been a discussion for quite some time since its launched in 2010, whether or not the cybercafe owners wants to switch to it or not were still doubtful. Windows 7 was quite a stranger back then, after hearing a lot of complaints about Vista, that's why most of the cybercafe are still using XP SP2 and 3.

From cybercafe's perspective, it's better to upgrade to Windows 7, here's why:

New games are no longer supported by Windows XP


The minimum requirements are still Windows Vista, game titles such as Battlefield 3 and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier need at least Windows Vista because of the visual enhancement powered by DirectX 10.

Do expect new games coming out in the future that has cool visual graphics, need at least Windows Vista, but some of the hardware drivers were not compatible with Vista. To an extent, Windows 7 supports more driver than Vista, so in terms of hardware driver support, and OS requirement its better to choose Windows 7.

Should you still stay in Windows XP?

There's still some games that runs in XP, if your customer only play games that only requires XP, just stay with it. However, the customers will eventually demand for better games that need to be run in Windows 7, cybercafe owners need to think about upgrading to Windows 7. Why not upgrade to Windows 7 while Michaelsoft is providing promotional upgrade to Windows 7?

How to decide whether to change to Windows 7 or not?

Contact us if the games in our game menu are compatible with Windows 7 or not.
Michaelsoft DDS recommends 64 bit version Windows 7 for better performance.

Features of Windows 7:

1. Lower system requirements 

A relatively slow 1GHz PC with 1GB of memory can run Windows 7 (though 2GB of RAM is recommended and 4GB for the 64-bit edition), making it suitable for installation on low-end computers on up to high-end gaming machines. 

2. Simpler navigation 

Using Aero Peek features, Windows 7 users can more easily view desktop contents by turning all open windows transparent. 

With Aero Shake, you also have the option to simply grab an active window and physically shake the mouse to minimize other panes cluttering up one's monitor. 

Last, but not least, Aero Snap functions automatically resize windows to take up half the screen when they're dragged to either side of your display.

3. Better multitasking 

You can pin all your common programs at the task bar, making it more visible to see which windows you're at so you won't have to flip through it again. Cybercafe user now can play their Facebook games, listen to musics in Windows Media Player, chat in different messenger with ease without clicking one by one to check where's their program. 

4. Greater stability 

Unlike Windows Vista, most hardware and software is readily compatible with Windows 7 and will work right out of the box, with no need to download and install additional drivers. Happily, in instances where necessary, locating and adding these updates to your PC proves a relatively painless procedure.

5. Enhanced security 

Instead of making you play watchdog and constantly click to approve program access, Windows 7 does away with the vast majority of Windows Vista's nagging pop-ups. Users can now control the relative amount of prompts regarding system security they receive using an intuitive slider bar control, with alert messages minimized to avoid becoming a nuisance.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Lightning FAST booting Windows 7 on 4 different motherboard, Michaelsoft DDS using SSD combination and fully utilize 16 GB RAM on server!

Recently the Michaelsoft DDS team has installed amazing diskless solution for their client's cybercafes. They wanted to do something different to improve the solution's performance. When they hear that the client has a few machines which ages over 4 years old, and comes in with different motherboards among them. Not forget to mention using a CAT5e cable! (the speed running on this cable is not as fast as CAT6 cables). Also, the client use individual hard disk booting previously.

With confidence in Michaelsoft DDS technology, the client try new methods to boot the machines, testing the feature of faster performance over network booting! How did it go? Check this video!

This time the Michaelsoft DDS team has break their record of booting 4 different client PCs specification on 1 Windows OS, which is the Windows 7 32 bit version within 40 seconds! Batch booting takes 2 minutes for 70 PCs. The server was powered by Pentium i7 processor and it has a 16 GB RAM, whereas the clients are all powered by Pentium Duo Core and they had 2 GB to 4 GB RAM among the different client PCs.
With the recent popularity of using solid state disk (SSD), which is more stable, and faster than using hard disk drive (HDD). The Michaelsoft team achieved that new record by using different type of hard disk combination (4 unit SATA 3.0 SSD, and 2 unit SATA HDD) to setup their diskless solution server.


The clients were amazed and felt satisfied for choosing Michaelsoft DDS. The diskless solution for cybercafe by Michaelsoft DDS, has the following benefit:

1.  Free Server OS Licensing
SAVE on server Operating System license since DDS server utilizing “FREE” Linux OS.

2.  Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
SAVE on Hard Disk Drive investment and future HDD upgrading cost.

3.  Less Maintenance, Cost & Time
SAVE cost and time since doing update on a PC means that you also updating every PCs in your network.

4.  Help Planet Earth, go Green
SAVE our green planet by not using Hard Disk Drive, generate less heat without HDD, pay less electric bills, and travel less due to the easiness on maintaining.

5.  No recovery software/hardware/backup/​cloning
SAVE cost as “RUR” feature are included in DDS.

6.  Recovery Upon Reboot (RUR)
SAVE trouble as “RUR” feature ensures that any harm done to the client PC will be undone once client PC reboots.

7.  DDS Multi-Driver (DMD)
“DMD” feature supports all kinds of Client PC’s specification, able to work with different motherboards, display adapters, sound cards, webcam and etc.

8.  DDS Multi-Image (DMI)
“DMI” feature enable DDS server to boot on multiple versions of Windows / Linux OS /Languages to support different needs.

9.  DDS Multi-Restore (DMR)
“DMR” feature will create restore point for every updates done on the master hard disk.

10.DDS Multi-Sync (DMS)
“DMS” feature enables Multi Synchronizing between Servers, so it can be use to create additional servers, or just doing regular backup.

11.Load Balancer feature and “ZERO” Down Time
During the booting of client PCs, it automatically selects the least network load server. With 2 servers running simultaneously ensures that if situation like hardware failure on one server, second server will take over all the operations.

12.Immune to Virus and Trojan
With “RUR” feature, all client PCs will reset back to original mode hence thoroughly eliminate any virus attack and hacking.

13.Accelerated network performance
DDS utilize the enhancement driver transmission protocol to increase the performance of client PCs. With this feature, clients PCs are performing at an incomparable speed.

14.DDS supports RAID technology
Supports RAID0 for high hard disk performance

Cybercafe owners will have less burden in maintaining the business, and have more quality time to spend in their lives.

Tron style cybercafe

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