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  • Fast fixes for common PC problems

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 12:20 pm

    Every computer user hits a speed bump now and then. Whether the bump is a dead power supply, a slow-booting PC, a soaking-wet cell phone, or an e-mail attachment lost in cyberspace, sometimes technology seems more trouble than it's worth. But just as flat tires can be patched, most common PC problems can be fixed--and fast!
  • Windows Server 2008: Windows also rises

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 12:12 pm

    We suppose it happens in families too, where one twin seems charmed from the start while the other lives under a shadow. Certainly that's the case with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, the one almost universally heralded and the other widely snubbed.
  • Windows 7 beta leaks to Internet

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 10:16 am

    Pirated copies of a Windows 7 build pegged by many as the beta Microsoft Corp. will release next month have leaked to the Internet, according to searches at several BitTorrent sites.
  • Review

    Run Windows on a Mac with VMWare Fusion

    Posted December 26, 2008 - 10:18 am

    If you need or want to run Windows (or other operating systems) on your Intel-powered Mac, the leading products in the segment are Parallels Desktop for Mac and VMware Fusion (plus, there's also Sun Microsystems'

  • Secure Your Vista PC in 10 Easy Steps

    Posted December 25, 2008 - 6:10 pm

    While Windows Vista may be Microsoft's most secure operating system ever, it's far from completely secure. In its fresh-from-the-box configuration, Vista still leaves a chance for your personal data to leak out to the Web through Windows Firewall, or for some nefarious bot to tweak your browser settings without your knowing.
  • Microsoft may release Windows 7 beta at show

    Posted December 25, 2008 - 11:19 am

    Attendees at next month's annual Consumer Electronics Show could get the first public look at Windows 7.
  • OS shoot-out: Windows vs. Mac OS X vs. Linux

    Posted December 24, 2008 - 12:27 pm

    The Mac's been on a roll, both due to its highly regarded Mac OS X Leopard operating system and to an unhappy reception for Microsoft's Windows Vista. The result: For the first time in memory, the Mac's market share has hit 9.1 percent, according to IDC data, and Windows' market share has dipped below 90 percent.
  • Reinstall and Restore Your Windows PC in Seven Easy Steps

    Posted December 24, 2008 - 10:01 am

    Maybe your PC won't boot. Or it could be infected with some kind of persistent malware. Perhaps Windows puts up a Blue Screen of Death every time you type the word aardvark.
  • Microsoft extends XP shipments until May

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 3:47 pm

    Microsoft is giving system builders several more months to get Windows XP for their custom PCs.
  • The Vista follies: Windows' tortured 2008

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 3:35 pm

    As 2008 draws to a close, Vista has returned to being a quiet failure as the world waits for Windows 7.
  • Windows 7: The Linux killer

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 3:31 pm

    Microsoft is finally taking Linux seriously as a desktop operating system, and it has designed Windows 7 to kill it.
  • Microsoft's '08 Mistakes: The Software Giant's Three Errors

    Posted December 22, 2008 - 12:08 pm

    Even though Microsoft's finances are stable and its eyes are on the future, the company executed poorly in some major areas in 2008. Here are three Microsoft stumbles from the past year that will put more pressure on the company to survive and thrive in 2009.
  • Vista OOBE Part 4: Summary

    Posted December 19, 2008 - 1:00 pm

    Now that I've gotten the networking issue under control, if not exactly fixed (I still have to disable and enable the network connection a couple of times after every reboot), let me wrap up my initial experiences with Vista. Bottom line for me: little or no improvement over XP for my use.
  • Windows XP: The Microsoft OS That Just Won't Die

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 4:12 pm

    Phasing out an old operating system is nothing new for Microsoft, but Windows XP is unique in that it may be too good to die.
  • Windows tip: Re-using domain controller names

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:12 pm

    You have five domain controllers named SEA-DC1 thru SEA-DC5. The physical hardware for SEA-DC3 is getting kind of old, so you do the following:
  • Windows tip: Tracking changes to active directory

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:08 pm

    Do you have trouble sleeping at night, worrying that one of your admins or delegated users might change some aspect of your Active Directory environment?
  • Windows tip: Running virtual machines from a compressed host drive

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:05 pm

    Is it a good idea -- or a bad one -- to compress the drive on a host system used for running virtual machines?
  • Running Hyper-V on a Laptop

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:00 pm

    Some tips for running Hyper-V on a laptop for doing virtual machine demos.
  • Microsoft to handle managing three operating systems in '09

    Posted December 16, 2008 - 3:00 pm

    Microsoft's tricky balancing act in 2009 will be to phase out Windows XP while boosting demand for Windows Vista and building anticipation for Windows 7.
  • Find Your Windows Product ID

    Posted December 15, 2008 - 6:57 pm

    Learn how to find that 20-digit number that tells Microsoft you bought Windows.
  • Vista OOBE Part 2: the horror, the horror

    Posted December 15, 2008 - 1:40 pm

    First, a correction: HP includes the Vista system disks in a special partition and expects you to make your own recovery disks. I still think people deserve a real disk, but I doubt I'll get anywhere with that. I'll leave that battle until after I fix the sound and networking problems with this system.
  • The Top 10 stories of 2008: Not business as usual

    Posted December 14, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    What started out as a banking crisis became, in 2008, a story for everyone: retailers, consumers, auto workers -- and tech professionals. Though it wasn't business as usual, some big mergers -- like HP buying EDS -- were executed. Long-awaited products like the Android-based G1 "Google phone" were launched. Standards wars involving file formats like OOXML and hardware technology like Blu-Ray concluded. The battle against spam purveyors like McColo went on ... and on. Microsoft, moving into middle age and struggling to gain ascendance on the Web, was involved in many of the biggest stories of the year. The most influential entrepreneur of our time, Bill Gates, moved on to focus on philanthropy. Here, not necessarily in order of importance, is our pick for the top 10 technology stories of the year.
  • Vista OOBE Part 1

    Posted December 11, 2008 - 3:08 pm

    I just unboxed and turned on my new (refurbished) HP 6560T PC running Vista Home Premium. Yes, I finally slowed down enough to let the Microsoft Vista steamroller catch me.
  • Another Microsoft bug revealed on huge patch day

    Posted December 10, 2008 - 10:34 am

    Along with its biggest patch release in five years, Microsoft warned on Tuesday of another potentially dangerous vulnerability in its software.
  • Review

    Windows Vista SP2: Second time's the charm

    Posted December 9, 2008 - 5:49 pm

    Good news, Vista users: Microsoft finally seems to be getting a handle on the Windows code base. First we learned that Windows 7 would not introduce any new performance hits. Now, preliminary testing shows that Vista is actually getting faster, courtesy of the upcoming Service Pack 2.

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