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  • Vista in danger of being bypassed by businesses

    Posted November 15, 2007 - 11:43 am

    next version of the OS, if Microsoft ships it on schedule.

  • Windows Tip: Configuring ALT+TAB in Vista

    Posted November 13, 2007 - 10:09 pm

    What changes do you like in Vista? What changes don't you like? Have you found ways of reverting such changes so that Vista behaves like previous versions of Windows? Do you think doing that is a good idea?
  • China's Founder agrees to preinstall Windows on more PCs

    Posted November 7, 2007 - 11:04 am

    Founder Technology Group, China's second-largest PC maker, agreed to preinstall Windows Vista on laptop computers and commercial desktops, closing a loophole in an earlier deal with Microsoft that potentially exempted commercial PCs from agreements to preinstall Windows.
  • Windows Tip: When no password can be best

    Posted November 2, 2007 - 10:54 am

    Best and worst approaches for securing built-in Administrator accounts.
  • Windows Tip: Page files, system volumes, and large memory 64-bit systems

    Posted November 2, 2007 - 10:04 am

    Conventional wisdom is that your page file should be 1.5 times the size of your system's RAM. But since 64-bit Windows servers often have huge amounts of memory, do you really need to allocate a whopping 48 GB of hard drive space just to your page file on a system that has 32 GB of RAM?
  • Microsoft, Turbolinux to push single sign-on

    Posted October 23, 2007 - 9:50 am

    Microsoft and Turbolinux, a Tokyo-based Linux distributor, will work on a single sign-on system for mixed Windows/Linux networks, they said Tuesday.
  • Microsoft shows shaved-down kernel for next Windows OS

    Posted October 19, 2007 - 9:43 am

    The core code for Microsoft Corp.'s Windows OS is undergoing a rewrite to make it slimmer for use in a wide range of future products, including Windows 7, the OS that will succeed Vista.
  • Windows Tip: Fixing Group Policy Gobbledygook

    Posted October 12, 2007 - 1:18 pm

    A reader posed this question: "When I opened my Default Domain Policy in Group Policy Object Editor, some of the nodes under Administrative Templates were in different languages -- German, Italian, Arabic, and some stuff that didn't even display and ended up as a series of "open square" characters. Do you know how to reverse this so that the outcome will be english only?" Here's one solution.
  • Windows Tip: Enumerating local admin group membership

    Posted October 12, 2007 - 11:55 am

    Here's one way to list any local administrator accounts on a remote machine
  • Windows Tip: Running scripts using alternate credentials

    Posted October 5, 2007 - 11:48 am

    On Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, you can run a program using different credentials than those of the currently logged-on user. Administrators often use this Secondary Logon feature to increase the security of their workstations by running as an ordinary domain user for most purposes such as browsing the Web and checking email. Then, when you need to open an administrative tool like dsa.msc, you either open a command prompt and use runas mmc.exe to launch the .msc file or you right-click on the .msc file itself and select Run As from the shortcut menu. But what if you want to run a VBScript script using alternate credentials? You can use the runas command from a command prompt, but unfortunately right-clicking on a .vbs file doesn't bring up a Run As option in the shortcut menu. It sure would be nice if you could add this menu option, but how? Well, where there's a script, there's a way.
  • Microsoft to patch Windows, Word next week

    Posted October 4, 2007 - 9:13 pm

    Microsoft Corp. will release critical patches for its Windows and Word software next Tuesday as part of its monthly release of security patches.
  • Windows Tip: Web filter blocks unwanted sites

    Posted October 1, 2007 - 12:39 pm

    Peer tip about a tool that blocks unwanted sites
  • Windows Tip: Pushing out Group Policy changes across a domain

    Posted September 28, 2007 - 5:27 pm

    Peer tip about making group policy changes remotely
  • Microsoft gives OEMs five more months to install XP

    Posted September 28, 2007 - 9:47 am

    Microsoft Corp. is extending the time it will allow original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and retail outlets to sell PCs with Windows XP as customers continue to balk on upgrading to Windows Vista.
  • Microsoft's stealth updates stymie XP repairs

    Posted September 27, 2007 - 11:32 am

    The contentious stealth update that Microsoft delivered to customers this summer blocks 80 patches and fixes from installing after Windows XP is restored using its "repair" feature, researchers said Thursday.
  • Microsoft delivers Vista Ultimate add-on, delays others

    Posted September 25, 2007 - 5:52 pm

    Just days after users and bloggers raised Cain about Microsoft missing a deadline to deliver add-ons that it promised Windows Vista users, the company announced Tuesday that it is shipping one program but delaying 19 language packs for another month.
  • Microsoft releases SP1 beta to limited group

    Posted September 24, 2007 - 8:30 pm

    Microsoft Corp. released the beta of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 to a private group of testers, taking one step closer to the anticipated official launch in the first quarter of next year.
  • Blog Insights: Windows update update

    Posted September 17, 2007 - 1:23 pm

    Did you catch the recent brouhaha last week over a so-called "stealth" Windows update, which apparently occurred without giving users the option of denying or delaying it? Here's a summary of what was being posted around the web.
  • Windows Tip: When the Clipboard Dies

    Posted September 14, 2007 - 11:43 am

    Windows Terminal Services is generally a solid platform to use in enterprise environments but occasionally during a Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) session I've had my clipboard go all wonky. What happens is I've got multiple applications open and I'm cutting and pasting text from one program to another and suddenly I can't copy anything new to the clipboard. I can still paste, but I can't copy. This seems especially prone to happen when I'm copy/pasting between an application running locally on my desktop and an RDP session with the Terminal server.
  • Windows Tip: Widening Outlook Search

    Posted September 14, 2007 - 11:04 am

    By default, when I type a search query into the Instant Search box in Outlook 2007, it searches the contents of the current folder only. So if I'm reading emails in my Inbox and I type the word "test" in the search box, the search results will display any emails in my Inbox that have the word "test" in the subject, in the From field, or in the message body. What if I want to find such messages in any message folder and not just my current folder?
  • Microsoft: 'Secret' updates were for Windows Update itself

    Posted September 13, 2007 - 2:27 pm

    Microsoft Corp. claims updates sent out to Windows XP and Vista machines without users knowing about them were for the Windows Update mechanism, though the company acknowledged it could have been more "transparent" before changing files on user computers.
  • Microsoft details Vista SP1 search changes

    Posted September 12, 2007 - 6:02 pm

    Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday released documents that detail changes it will make to its desktop search and indexing feature in Windows Vista that will be included as part of the Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) update.
  • Vista pirates safe from darkness, for now

    Posted September 12, 2007 - 2:22 pm

    Microsoft has denied it has switched on an anti-piracy measure in Windows Vista that would result in a "black screen of darkness" for unlicensed OEM copies of the operating system but the software giant did not rule out turning it on in the future.
  • Windows Tip: Defragmenting large volumes

    Posted September 10, 2007 - 3:15 pm

    Defragmenting disk volumes regularly is important for ensuring optimal performance of your storage subsystem, but what if your volumes are really large? Today, it's common for even desktop systems to have volumes that are hundreds of gigabytes in size, and volumes on servers can often run into the terabyte range. And if you have a storage area network (SAN), you may be dealing with even large volumes. Can the built-in Windows defragmenter handle such large volumes? In theory, probably, but in practice, maybe not.
  • Microsoft ties Windows Live services to OS in updates

    Posted September 5, 2007 - 1:44 pm

    Microsoft Corp. is using the same tactic for its online services that made its Internet Explorer browser ubiquitous among Internet users. With new beta technology it's releasing Wednesday, Microsoft is tying its Windows Live services directly to its Windows OS.

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