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  • When Windows Update won't update

    Posted September 8, 2008 - 10:03 am

    When Windows Update gets a bee under its bonnet and simply refuses to work, the problem rarely goes away on its own and the exact cause isn't always easy to diagnose and fix. Here are some solutions to a very specific, very common, Windows XP specific Windows Update problem.
  • Converting Event Log Files

    Posted September 5, 2008 - 3:40 pm

    Three ways to convert older EVT event logs into the newer EVTX format.
  • HP to do it right by doing it itself?

    Posted September 5, 2008 - 1:28 pm

    Or: What happens when you suddenly realize that your business depends on somebody else's.
  • Microsoft to release four critical patches

    Posted September 4, 2008 - 3:30 pm

    The patches to be released next Tuesday include fixes for a vulnerability that allows remote code execution in Windows Media Player 11 and for a vulnerability that allows remote code execution in various versions of the Windows OS and related products. The two other patches will address remote code execution in Windows Media Encoder 9 and in Office and Office OneNote 2007.
  • Twelve unnecessary Vista features to disable

    Posted September 4, 2008 - 11:24 am

    Vista packs a lot of code--more than any version of Windows ever--and some of it is just plain unnecessary. You can regain some PC performance by removing the 12 Vista features listed here. Some are shiny baubles that slow down graphics performance, while others are optional utilities that hog memory when they shouldn't. A few can actually be quite useful, though they play a major role in bogging down your PC.
  • Blogs useful for integrators

    Posted September 2, 2008 - 6:22 pm

    Normally, I don’t spend time reading blogs. If I read all those that I’d find useful, I’d never get anything done. Nevertheless, there’s some good stuff out there.
  • Performance improvement integral to Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8

    Posted August 28, 2008 - 4:57 pm

    Fixing performance issues that have plagued previous versions of its Windows client OS and Internet Explorer (IE) browser are key development goals for the next versions of those products, Microsoft has revealed in company blogs.
  • Microsoft warns of IE8 lock-in with XP SP3

    Posted August 28, 2008 - 12:58 pm

    Microsoft Corp. yesterday warned users of Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) that they won't be able to uninstall either the service pack or Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) under some circumstances.
  • 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.
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