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  • Active Directory mistake: Moving domain controller objects into a child OU of the domain controller is unsupported

    Posted May 19, 2008 - 1:52 pm

    Learn about this and other classic Active Directory mistakes
  • Microsoft explains Vista's most misunderstood features

    Posted May 18, 2008 - 8:24 pm

    In its continued attempt to convince business customers to adopt Vista, Microsoft has outlined and tried to explain some of what it calls the OS's most 'misunderstood' features in a document posted to -- then mysteriously removed from -- its Web site this week.
  • HP promises patch for Windows XP SP3 endless reboot troubles

    Posted May 16, 2008 - 1:33 pm

    HP Thursday confirmed that some users of its AMD-based desktops have had problems after installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), and said it would issue a patch this week to prevent machines from spiraling into endless reboots. HP also told users to delay installing XP SP3 until that patch was released.
  • Windows XP SP3 reboot hell (and how to get out of it)

    Posted May 14, 2008 - 1:47 pm

    Microsoft's having a tough year with reboots. First it was a reboot ad infinitum in February, brought on by a flawed update to Windows Vista. Now the same thing's happening to some users who have updated to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3). Here are some answers to the most pressing questions about this latest Windows snafu.
  • Three Easy Fixes for Windows Annoyances

    Posted May 11, 2008 - 8:42 pm

    Overhauling the stock utilities in Windows can make your system faster, smarter, and easier to use. But some downloads do more harm than good. Here's how to resurrect your picture viewer if a third-party one trashed it. Plus, I'll give you a one-click hibernation hack and two useful speed-boosting tips.
  • Remotely obtain MAC addresses

    Posted May 9, 2008 - 5:05 pm

    in the computer's documentation. But not always.

  • Vista as insecure as Windows 2000

    Posted May 9, 2008 - 2:48 pm

    Good news for users of Windows Vista. According to figures compiled by PC Tools, the OS has experienced only slightly more vulnerabilities than Windows 2000, which appeared eight years ago when malware was far less common.
  • Windows XP SP3 causing endless reboots for some PCs

    Posted May 9, 2008 - 11:36 am

    Installing Windows XP Service Pack 3 sends some PCs into an endless series of reboots, according to posts to a Microsoft support forum.
  • Updates to the left of me, downgrades to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with you-know-who

    Posted May 9, 2008 - 9:51 am

    Windows XP Service Pack 3 is here -- almost. I'm not sure who's more excited about it, people currently using XP SP2 or frustrated Vista users begging for a downgrade. Scheduled for availability on April 29, the Softies decided to hold off for a few days while they fix a recently discovered incompatibility (that means "problem") with Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS). The same issue applies to Vista SP1, which also is being delayed. And we're talking about 32-bit versions only; the 64-bit updates aren't due for at least another month.
  • FAQ: What you should know before installing Windows XP SP3

    Posted May 7, 2008 - 2:52 pm

    To paraphrase -- and, at the same time, contradict -- Winston Churchill, although this isn't the end of Windows XP, it's certainly the beginning of the end. But we come not to bury XP, but to praise it -- and to answer a few last-minute questions now that service pack 3 is really, truly, yes-indeed available to anyone who wants it.
  • Windows XP SP3 released after delay

    Posted May 6, 2008 - 8:56 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday released the third service pack for Windows XP to the Web after last week delaying its scheduled release because of an incompatibility with one of its other software applications. It also resumed automatic distribution of Windows Vista, Service Pack 1 (SP1), which had been halted because of a similar problem.
  • Windows Tip: Preventing unplanned reboots

    Posted May 5, 2008 - 1:28 pm


  • 18 Features Windows Should Have (but Doesn't)

    Posted April 29, 2008 - 3:43 pm

    From intuitive interface features like Apple's application dock and Cover Flow to basic media capabilities such as ISO burning, Windows often falls short on built-in goodies. And some features that other operating systems offer by default --such as 64-bit processing and business-networking tools -- require a premium-version license in Windows. We took a good look at a variety of OSs, from the Mac to Linux to PC-BSD and beyond, and we rounded up a list of our favorite features--few of which come standard in any version of Windows. We even considered some operating systems of yore, and recalled a couple of cool features that Microsoft still hasn't caught on to. Some of these features simply aren't available for Windows at all, owing to the way the OS is designed. But you can add most of them to XP or Vista with the help of third-party applications, and we'll show you how to get them.
  • Microsoft delays release of Windows XP SP3

    Posted April 29, 2008 - 3:12 pm

    Microsoft has delayed the release of a third service pack for Windows XP, blaming a 'compatibility issue' between the software and a retail-chain-management application.
  • No change in XP plan despite Ballmer comment, Microsoft says

    Posted April 24, 2008 - 2:12 pm

    Comments by Steve Ballmer at a press conference in Europe on Thursday have led to speculation that Microsoft is reconsidering its June 30 deadline to stop selling most new Windows XP licenses. A spokeswoman from Microsoft's public relations firm said Thursday that there is no plan for a change in deadline, however.
  • Microsoft may keep XP alive after all

    Posted April 24, 2008 - 1:41 pm

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Thursday that the company may reconsider its decision to stop selling Windows XP on June 30. At an event in Belgium, Ballmer told reporters, 'If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter,' according to an Associated Press report.
  • Vista SP1 released to Automatic Update

    Posted April 23, 2008 - 8:50 pm

    Windows Vista customers can now receive the first service pack for the operating system via the Microsoft Automatic Update service, Microsoft said Wednesday.
  • Windows Tip: Tools for testing for bad memory

    Posted April 23, 2008 - 11:45 am

    If your systems are having memory troubles, here are a few ways to troubleshoot the problem.
  • Managing Remote Desktop settings on a remote computer

    Posted April 21, 2008 - 12:08 pm

    A simple script that enables and disables Remote Desktop ... remotely.
  • Ballmer: Windows Vista is 'a work in progress'

    Posted April 17, 2008 - 3:42 pm

    As PC users clamor for Microsoft to continue to support Windows XP, company CEO Steve Ballmer called the Vista OS "a work in progress" at an annual Seattle event on Thursday.
  • Microsoft looking for embedded innovations

    Posted April 15, 2008 - 1:56 pm

    Ever dream of designing a toaster that sears a design of your own making on a piece of bread? If that's the kind of project you might like to tackle in your spare time, Microsoft has a new program that could help.
  • Customizing your default Outlook template

    Posted April 14, 2008 - 12:54 pm

    Outlook gurus at Microsoft offer steps to solve this problem - anytime you create a new message, the body of the message is centered instead of left-aligned.
  • Microsoft patched critical Windows bug in XP SP3 early

    Posted April 14, 2008 - 12:20 pm

    The appearance and disappearance of a Windows XP installation snafu indicates that Microsoft patched a critical vulnerability in XP's still-unfinished Service Pack 3 (SP3) weeks before it fixed any other version of Windows. The glitch, which sent some PCs into an endless round of reboots, was strangely similar to one faced by Vista users in February.
  • Specifying the current directory for an admin-level command prompt in Vista

    Posted April 7, 2008 - 9:43 am

    Vista takes some getting used to, doesn't it? Especially User Account Control(UAC) and the effects it has on doing things like running simple tasks. Here's how to open an admin-level command prompt for a specific directory.
  • Vista anti-malware fails VB100 tests

    Posted April 4, 2008 - 10:38 am

    It's fortunate that Vista-specific malware is still in its infancy because a new test of anti-malware products running on the platform has found that many don't work as well as they should.
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