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  • Go shallow on your directory structure for file servers

    Posted August 15, 2008 - 11:37 am

    Don't paint yourself into a corner when designing the directory structure for your file servers!
  • Microsoft PDC, WinHEC will be Windows 7 coming-out parties

    Posted August 14, 2008 - 8:18 pm

    Microsoft has been fairly reticent about the development of the next client version of its Windows OS, code-named Windows 7. But in a blog entry Thursday, Microsoft said it will finally give developers their first in-depth look at the OS at its forthcoming Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in October.
  • Microsoft issues security update for Windows, Office

    Posted August 12, 2008 - 4:15 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday released its largest security in 18 months to patch 26 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer (IE) Windows Messenger and other software.
  • Windows' Days May Be Numbered

    Posted August 12, 2008 - 12:53 pm

    Some very interesting documents have been leaking out of Microsoft. They clearly indicate, believe it or not, that Microsoft is considering shifting its users from Windows to a new operating system: Midori.
  • Don't move system files onto removable media

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 6:07 pm

    Want to quickly bring your Windows system into an unsupportable state? Try moving system files to removable media and then removing the media!
  • Samsung, Microsoft in talks to speed up SSDs on Vista

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 11:31 am

    Samsung isn't just pushing the envelope in storage capacity of SSDs (solid-state drives), it is also working with software makers to boost SSD performance on operating systems.
  • Put new life into Windows XP

    Posted August 7, 2008 - 10:31 am

    Microsoft may have given up on Windows XP, but that doesn't mean you have to. While there's plenty of life in the old operating system, there's also a good chance XP may start looking long in the tooth to you. The good news is you don't have to live with an XP that feels sluggish or looks and acts outdated. In this article, we'll show you plenty of ways to spiff up XP -- and make it faster and more reliable -- without spending a penny. So come along and get your free DIY Windows XP upgrade.
  • A Practical Solution to FIX Windows XP after virus and malware Removal

    Posted August 1, 2008 - 9:30 pm

    Hi Guys, I have 14 years working as an IT Pro, I wish to share this new Tip, is a tool that can really fix WinXp, after it was affected by malware or viruses, is not an antivirus, nor also an antispyware, as far as I understand this tool regenerates the Win Reg,to its basic form after instalation, the difference is that theres no need to format your HDD, or Reinstall WinXP, your applications will keep runing,, your settings will remain in good shape, and your documents are safe, This tool also gives you some options to apply startup changes after it finishes and reboot, have a look on the site
  • Troubleshoot Your Boot-Up and Shutdown Problems

    Posted August 1, 2008 - 3:50 pm

    A problem at boot time can keep you from your work--or your fun. And a shutdown issue takes a lot of the fun out of getting up and leaving your PC. In this Answer Line installment, I address three reader questions about common Windows startup and shutdown problems.
  • Microsoft sees uptick in use of 64-bit Vista

    Posted July 31, 2008 - 5:12 pm

    People are beginning to use 64-bit Windows Vista on PCs in favor of the 32-bit version of the OS faster than they have previously, Microsoft said this week.
  • Finding technical info on Microsoft's web site

    Posted July 29, 2008 - 4:25 pm

    Some need-to-know pages on for IT pros who work with Microsoft products and technologies.
  • Reconsidering Vista

    Posted July 28, 2008 - 12:38 pm

    OK, it's not perfect. But Windows Vista on a new PC is perfectly serviceable for many users. In some ways, in fact, Vista is a better operating system than Windows XP. Unfortunately, XP's heir apparent is also the most derided and discounted Microsoft operating system since Windows Me.
  • Forrester: Vista is like 'new Coke'

    Posted July 24, 2008 - 5:22 pm

    Fewer than one in eleven of the PCs being used in large or very large enterprises runs Windows Vista, according to survey results released Wednesday by Forrester Research Inc. Of the 50,000 enterprise users surveyed by the Cambridge, Mass. analyst firm, 87.1% were still running Windows XP at the end of June, compared to 8.8% for Vista.
  • Another script to make Knowledge Base searches easier

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 10:55 am

    Here's a simple scripted Web page you can save onto your hard drive and use to google the Microsoft Knowledge Base.
  • Windows Home Server update fixes data-corruption issue

    Posted July 21, 2008 - 4:14 pm

    Microsoft has released an update to Windows Home Server that fixes a data-corruption problem some users were having with the software.
  • What Does It Take to Get a PC With XP?

    Posted July 18, 2008 - 11:53 am

    I won't waste time rehashing the argument over whether Windows Vista is any good. The fact remains that lots of people prefer Windows XP, and they'll go to great lengths to get it.
  • Another Use for Diskpart Shrink

    Posted July 16, 2008 - 4:10 pm

    In last week's post we saw how to shrink a disk volume using the SHRINK subcommand of the DISKPART command. Today we'll look at another use for this command.
  • Shrinking a volume using diskpart

    Posted July 10, 2008 - 5:09 pm

    The Diskpart command in Vista lets you shrink a disk volume, but sometimes not very much. Here's a way you may be able to make your volume even smaller.
  • Who's Logged On?

    Posted July 10, 2008 - 6:28 am

    How do you know who's logged on to a Vista machine? For example, what if you're sitting down at a client computer and you're not sure who's logged on and what privileges they have? No problem. You can use the WHOAMI command to get all kinds of useful information about the user who is currently logged on to the computer. Here's the syntax:
  • Microsoft offers free Vista-to-XP downgrade help

    Posted July 9, 2008 - 4:28 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Monday said it would offer free technical support to small businesses that buy new PCs with Windows Vista in the next three months, its latest attempt to convince users that moving to Vista is a good idea.
  • Microsoft patches security bugs in products

    Posted July 8, 2008 - 4:40 pm

    Microsoft has patched bugs in its Exchange, SQL Server and Windows software that could give hackers new ways to break into computers.
  • Microsoft to release new 'Essential' servers in November

    Posted July 7, 2008 - 8:37 pm

    Microsoft plans to release a new Windows server OS aimed at midsized businesses as well as the next version of its small-business server software worldwide on Nov. 12, the company said Monday.
  • XP SP3 to reach most users 'shortly,' says Microsoft

    Posted July 7, 2008 - 2:00 pm

    Microsoft Monday said that it would begin pushing Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) to most users "shortly."

  • Script to make Microsoft Knowledge Base searches easier

    Posted July 3, 2008 - 7:36 pm

    Do you ever get tired of typing "" into the search box when you're using Google to search the Microsoft Knowledge Base? I certainly do--here's a short script to give your fingers a break.
  • XP deadline matters little to business customers

    Posted June 29, 2008 - 4:55 pm

    The countdown is nearly over: Monday marks the long-awaited date after which PCs preloaded with Windows XP will no longer be available.

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