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  • A First Look at Longhorn Vista

    Posted September 16, 2005 - 1:10 pm

    Earlier this month, I got my copy of Longhorn Vista, Beta 1, the eventual successor to Windows XP. Although the new operating system does have a few kinks that need to be worked out, it does look promising. In this article, I will share with you some of my first impressions of Longhorn Vista Beta 1.
  • Vista enterprises must use Software Assurance

    Posted September 15, 2005 - 9:14 am

    Businesses that want the Enterprise Edition of Microsoft Corp.'s forthcoming Windows Vista operating system will have to sign up for its Software Assurance licensing program, the company announced on Thursday.
  • Microsoft releases Windows file system beta

    Posted August 30, 2005 - 10:27 am

    Microsoft Corp. Monday released a test version of its next-generation file system, WinFS, well ahead of schedule.
  • Windows Server Hacks: Find Computers with Automatic Logon Enabled

    Posted August 11, 2005 - 5:28 pm

    Written expressly for system administrators, this book offers tips and techniques that go beyond the basic management tasks. The hack shown here will show you how to find out which machines on your network have automatic logon enabled.
  • Windows Server Hacks: Determine Who Has a File Open

    Posted August 11, 2005 - 5:11 pm

    Written expressly for system administrators, this book offers tips and techniques that go beyond the basic management tasks. The hack shown here will show you how to use the Hyena utility to quickly find out which user on your network has a particular file open.
  • Windows Server Hacks: Search for Domain Users

    Posted August 11, 2005 - 4:38 pm

    Written expressly for system administrators, this book offers tips and techniques that go beyond the basic management tasks. The hack shown here will show you how to programmatically search for a user in a mixed Windows NT/2000 environment.
  • Windows XP Cookbook

    Posted August 8, 2005 - 3:50 pm

    Written for power users and system administrators alike, this practical reference promises to cut the time you spend searching for answers to your Windows XP dilemmas. The recipes in the chapter available for download here cover system properties, startup and shutdown.

    Authors: Preston

  • Nonprofits slam Microsoft's Vista name

    Posted August 2, 2005 - 8:08 am

    Microsoft Corp. Monday again came under fire for its choice of the name "Windows Vista" for the next version of its client operating system, this time from two groups that help health-care organizations implement U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) software.
  • Windows Vista release slips to Q4 2006

    Posted July 28, 2005 - 2:36 pm

    Windows Vista won't be available for shipment until the last quarter of 2006, a Microsoft Corp. executive let slip in a presentation on Microsoft's campus Thursday.
  • Security vendors holding off on 64-bit Windows

    Posted July 27, 2005 - 1:44 pm

    Companies looking to become early adopters of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows x64 Edition operating systems have one more reason to postpone the decision: They may find that their favorite antivirus software no longer works on their new desktops.
  • Microsoft ready to release Vista beta

    Posted July 26, 2005 - 4:05 pm

    Microsoft Corp. Wednesday will release the first beta of the next version of Windows, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.
  • Microsoft could face trademark challenge over 'Vista'

    Posted July 26, 2005 - 7:46 am

    John Wall, CEO of Vista Inc., said his company is "considering all of its options" for a potential case against Microsoft because of the company's choice of the name "Windows Vista" for the previously code-named Longhorn version of the OS.
  • Microsoft's 'Longhorn' becomes Windows Vista

    Posted July 22, 2005 - 10:54 am

    Microsoft Corp. announced the official name for its operating system, previously known under the code name "Longhorn." The operating system, due out in 2006, will now be known as Windows Vista with the tag line "Bringing clarity to your world."
  • Longhorn beta will have near-complete Indigo

    Posted July 18, 2005 - 9:46 am

    When Microsoft Corp. releases the first beta of its Longhorn version of Windows, it will include a nearly complete version of the product's Web services-based communication framework, code-named Indigo, a Microsoft product manager confirmed this week.
  • Analyzing traffic with network monitor

    Posted June 30, 2005 - 12:21 pm

    As an administrator, it
  • How to: Disable the Shutdown Event Tracker in Windows 2003

    Posted June 16, 2005 - 2:24 pm

    Learn how to disable, and enable, the Shutdown Event Tracker in Windows 2003, as well as how to view Shutdown Event Tracker events. The Shutdown Event Tracker is a means of recording why the system was restarted or shutdown, or why it had shutdown without warning. It pops up every time you attempt to shutdown the machine manually via the Start menu or when the system restarted or shutdown unexpectedly; due to a software crash or power failure for example. For reasons of annoyance you may want to disable it.
  • Windows 2000 still the one for half of businesses

    Posted June 16, 2005 - 11:17 am

    Windows 2000 is still in widespread use, four years or so after the release of its successor Windows XP, according to market research firm AssetMetrix. And that is despite the end of mainstream support for the operating system from the end of this month.
  • Microsoft talks piracy with Indonesian government

    Posted June 15, 2005 - 10:23 am

    Microsoft Corp. is discussing a number of initiatives with the Indonesian government including ways to legalize all of the software being used within government ministries, a senior executive of Microsoft Indonesia said Wednesday. But a firm agreement on any issue has yet to be reached, he added, reacting to numerous reports that the company had signed a piracy amnesty with the government.
  • Wireless Networking in Windows 2003

    Posted June 10, 2005 - 10:51 am

    The enhancements that SP1 provide for Wireless LANS are of great benefit to enterprise wide networks. Without SP1 on Windows Server 2003, the WPA security method isn't supported and therefore cannot be implemented
  • Microsoft to ship modified Win XP next week

    Posted June 8, 2005 - 11:38 am

    Microsoft Corp. will begin distributing a modified version of its Windows XP operating system to PC makers in Europe on June 15, more than a year after it was ordered to do so as part of the European Commission's antitrust ruling against the company.
  • Top 5 benefits of Windows Server Update Services

    Posted June 3, 2005 - 1:18 pm

    Windows Server Update Services (SUS) makes keeping your systems up-to-date a much easier task.
  • No more waiting for Windows XP to boot up

    Posted June 2, 2005 - 9:14 am

    Taiwanese hardware maker Giga-byte Technology Co. Ltd. has stumbled upon a faster way to boot up PCs based on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP operating system.
  • Microsoft ships first Windows OS for vertical market

    Posted May 24, 2005 - 9:07 am

    Microsoft Corp. has begun supplying a version of its Windows XP Embedded operating system tailored to the retail and hospitality industry, marking the first time that the company has customized an operating system for a particular market.
  • Making the transition to Gigabit Ethernet

    Posted May 18, 2005 - 3:48 pm

    Recently, I was having problems because my nightly backup wasn
  • Microsoft Windows - Codenamed Eiger

    Posted May 13, 2005 - 5:04 pm

    Microsoft's developing a version of Windows for older hardware platforms - codenamed "Eiger"
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