Persistent Route in Windows 7

Umm, a pretty decent topic I believe. Recently I was trying to figure out certain networking issues at a friend’s place and while running the command found a persistent route ‘ gateway’ under the IPv4 settings and was sure that I didn’t add this entry at any point of time with my fresh Windows 7 professional installation. I wanted to see what will happen if I remove the same entry.

I removed the entry and everything seemed working perfect. I was still able to connect to internet, access other computers over the LAN etc. The problems started after the weekend when I took the laptop back to work and tried to connect to Microsoft exchange server using Microsoft Outlook (2007 standard edition)!

Outlook was so stubborn and shown me it was disconnected and I started removing the Java VirtualBox, ISA client etc and after going through few restarts still Outlook looked adamant and refused to connect to the exchange server. I checked with my colleague Sherin to confirm whether his 32bit Windows 7 professional has a persistent entry for the route and he reported yes.

I put the persistent route entry back and bingo, Outlook got connected. The route entry was a default entry against the default gateway for the session with Windows XP (if I am recollecting it correctly) and seems Windows 7 has made it as a persistent route with the latest enhancements!

If any Microsoft techies are reading this post (ever), would like to hear an explanation from them about this.

The first bug?”Multiple instances of Microsoft Outlook” Windows 7

Have Windows7  and MS office suit installed? Are you using Microsoft Outlook 2007 standard/professional edition? Okay, let us start a fresh session of Microsoft Outlook. Leave it alone and double click open Microsoft Outlook again and again and again…how many Microsoft Outlook sessions are available for you? a dozen?

Microsoft Outlook Multiple Instances

This “bug” was reported to me by my colleague Sherin and I had given the same a try and end up with multiple instances of MS outlook running from my station. Would MS gonna claim this as an enhancement? Let us wait and see!

Last minute thought: Once started using multiple instances of Outlook, I should say, I felt pretty better as I could move around multiple nodes of my mail box (inbox, sent items) without closing the other one…so instead of calling it as bug, I should mark it as an enhancement :P