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  • Recording All Activity on a Server

    Posted August 27, 2008 - 6:00 am

    Ever wanted to record everything anyone does while logged on to your server? Here's a product that can help you do just that.
  • Microsoft tweaks anti-piracy check for Windows XP

    Posted August 26, 2008 - 8:21 pm

    Microsoft has updated software that verifies whether a copy of Windows is genuine in its Windows XP Professional edition, making it similar to the notification in Windows Vista and thus more persistently visible to users.
  • Researcher warns of Vista vulnerabilities

    Posted August 25, 2008 - 1:43 pm

    A New Zealand security researcher is exploring several scenarios in which Windows Vista could be attacked and warns more protection is needed for users.
  • Vista may still have its day

    Posted August 25, 2008 - 12:47 pm

    What do we know about Vista? That home users hate it, businesses are uninstalling it, and still it will be more popular at the end of this year than Windows XP was at a similar juncture -- with 28% of the PC operating system installed base worldwide, vs. 22% for XP at the end of 2003.
  • Microsoft lists Windows 7 in patching tool

    Posted August 25, 2008 - 11:05 am

    Microsoft has already seeded its most popular patching tool for corporate users with a reference to Windows 7, its planned successor to Windows Vista.
  • Working with fixed-size virtual hard disks

    Posted August 22, 2008 - 4:27 pm

    Three tips for working with fixed-size virtual hard drives when using Microsoft Virtual Server, Virtual PC, or Hyper-V.
  • Microsoft may have 2,000 developers working on Windows 7

    Posted August 19, 2008 - 3:17 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s head of engineering for the Windows 7 operating system says there are 25 'feature teams' of about 100 employees each working on the upcoming replacement to Windows Vista.
  • Troubleshoot connectivity problems on Windows networks, part 1

    Posted August 15, 2008 - 6:04 pm

    This article series will explain various troubleshooting techniques that you can use when machines on a Windows network have difficulty communicating with each other.
  • 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.

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