March 2007 Reader Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our March 2007 Reader Challenge. First prize, a copy of "Windows Vista in a Nutshell," goes to Jim Turnbull, of England. Second prize, a copy of "Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide," goes to Gordon Meltzer, of New Jersey. Both books are from O’Reilly Media.

An incorrect answer for Question #1 of the March Challenge appeared briefly on our Web site (the answer should be True). It’s my fault, because I didn’t test all versions of Windows. The Subst command can map a drive to an unshared subfolder of a shared folder in Windows Vista and Windows XP, but not in Windows 2000 (you can assign the drive letter, but you can’t get there). (If you'd like to refresh your memory as to the March challenge and answers, go to this link: http://www.windowsitpro.com/Articles/ArticleID/95334/95334.html?Ad=1 )

Take the Reader Challenge

Solve this month's Vista UPDATE challenge, and you might win a prize! Email your solution (don't use an attachment) to challenge@windowsitpro.com by April 16, 2007. You MUST include your full name, and street mailing address (no P.O. Boxes). Without that information, we can't send you a prize if you win, so your answer is eliminated, even if it’s correct.

I choose winners at random from the pool of correct entries. I’m a sucker for humor and originality, and a cleverly written correct answer gets an extra chance. Because I receive so many entries each month, I can't reply to respondents, and I never respond to a request for an email receipt. Look for the solutions to this month's problem at http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=95712 on April 17, 2007. (Or get them in your email via Vista UPDATE email newsletter, a twice-monthly e-newsletter of all things Vista. To subscribe, go to http://www.windowsitpro.com/email and sign up!)

The April 2007 Challenge:

At a Vista seminar, I was talking to an IT consultant who has clients that will be upgrading to Vista. One of his clients has a staff of mobile workers who come into the office periodically to sync information about inventory and customer credit status. The laptop users connect to docking stations by selecting the appropriate hardware profiles when they boot their computers. He asked me if there was anything special about hardware profiles in Vista that he should know about. I started my reply with, “There sure is.” What did I say after that? (Don’t worry, you don’t have to guess my exact words to be eligible for a prize, just provide a general summary of my response.)

Answer:

They’re gone! Hardware profiles don’t exist in Vista. Microsoft says you shouldn’t worry about this, because every piece of equipment that was configured in a hardware profile is a USB device that can be automatically detected and installed by Vista