You can’t add the IE icon to the Windows 7 desktop

Just recently discovered that it is not and will no longer be possible to add the IE icon to the Windows desktop, as of Windows 7! Detailed in KB article KB945402 Microsoft have decided to completely remove the old functionality that puts IE on the desktop as a proper desktop item – as opposed to a simple shortcut.
I guess it saves them from being sued again over IE being a part of Windows. Annoying though, damned EU courts, it’s all their fault. Oh well…

Patching without Rebooting – HotPatching

I just stumbled upon the Microsoft articles explaining about HotPatching. A facility in Server 2003 SP1 and above that lets admins install updates without rebooting. Doesn’t work for all updates, but could be used for a lot.
Put simply you just add “/hotpatch:enable” as a switch at the end of a downloaded hotfix and it’ll try and HotPatch instead of ColdPatch. If the hotpatch fails it will do a normal coldpatch.

It’s a really cool idea really. They just append the modified code to the end of the binary and tell the app that running in memory to use the new code. After the next reboot the modified binary get’s replaced with the proper updated version.

Here’s a KB talking about what updates are compatible and how to use it: KB897341
And here’s a TechNet article about the technology: Whitepaper