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  • Windows Tip: Copying email messages using Outlook rules

    Posted March 6, 2008 - 9:23 pm

    I was messing around with my Outlook rules the other day and discovered something interesting, namely that if you don't watch what you're doing, you might end up with multiple copies of some of your emails! Here's a simple example of how this can happen...
  • Windows Tip: Getting RunAs back in Vista

    Posted February 29, 2008 - 4:16 pm

    For the last while I've been on the Service Pack 1 beta for Windows Vista and in my opinion SP1 has fixed most of the issues the original RTM release had, especially performance issues. So I'm confident that enterprises will begin accelerating their deployment plans for Vista now that SP1 is about to be released.
  • Microsoft cuts retail Vista prices

    Posted February 29, 2008 - 2:36 pm

    Microsoft Corp. on Thursday said it plans to slash prices for retail copies of Windows Vista up to almost 50% for certain editions in poorer countries, in order to boost sales that one analyst said have failed to meet expectations.
  • Outlook 2007 formatting tips

    Posted February 25, 2008 - 5:09 pm

    Recently, I pointed out how to retrieve misplaced email in Outlook 2007. I said that if you wanted to issue a query against all your mail items and not just the currently selected folder, you had to click the fiddly little dropdown arrow to the right of the Instant Search box and select Search All Mail Items. This is fiddly because that dropdown arrow is indeed little, and if you're mouse-challenged like I am it's a pain to to do this. Readers Matt Metz and Floris van der Zwaard independently pointed out to me that there's an easier way to search all mail items, and I appreciate their feedback.
  • Windows Vista SP1's error-filled saga

    Posted February 25, 2008 - 2:57 pm

    The latest turn of events in Vista SP1's rocky ride to market -- and to be sure, this journey changes course daily -- has Microsoft recommending workarounds for rebooting issues caused by a recent Windows Vista update that was meant to prepare systems for SP1 -- which is supposed to happen in mid-March.
  • Microsoft accidentally leaks SP1

    Posted February 24, 2008 - 9:50 pm

    On Thursday, some Windows Vista users began finding Service Pack 1 in Windows Update, even though the upgrade isn't supposed to be available broadly until the middle of March.
  • Microsoft yanks Vista SP1 update causing endless reboots

    Posted February 20, 2008 - 3:37 pm

    Responding to reports of endlessly rebooting PCs that flooded support newsgroups last week, Microsoft Corp. said on Tuesday it had pulled an update designed to prep Windows Vista for Service Pack 1.
  • Why Windows XP should be available until Windows 7

    Posted February 18, 2008 - 4:19 pm

    by something like, "what a crappy operating system."

  • Retrieve misplaced email in Outlook 2007

    Posted February 18, 2008 - 12:30 pm

    A quick email exchange with an Outlook guru showed me how to retrieve a misplaced email: right-click on the RSS Feeds folder and select Properties, select the Home Page tab, and clear the "Show home page by default for this folder" checkbox. Click OK and now you'll see the actual contents of the folder, and when I did this I was able to retrieve my wayward message. But this got me thinking: What if I accidentally dragged a message into the wrong folder and I didn't know what that folder was?
  • Microsoft to offer subscription-based PCs in Russia

    Posted February 13, 2008 - 3:44 pm

    A Russian mobile-phone operator is the latest service provider to team with Microsoft to offer Windows-based PCs on a subscription basis through the company's Unlimited Potential program.
  • Microsoft releases massive set of security updates

    Posted February 12, 2008 - 5:48 pm

    Microsoft released 11 security updates Tuesday fixing critical flaws in its products, including a publicly known ActiveX bug that affects users of the Visual FoxPro database.
  • Vista SP1 prerequisites rolled up in Patch Tuesday update

    Posted February 12, 2008 - 5:44 pm

    Microsoft is including a set of nonsecurity updates that prepare customers to install Windows Vista Service Pack 1 as part of its monthly 'Patch Tuesday' security fixes.
  • Windows Tip: Enabling remote desktop using WMIC

    Posted February 8, 2008 - 1:31 pm

    remotely using-you guessed it-WMIC. Here's how.

  • Microsoft responds to Save XP petition

    Posted February 7, 2008 - 4:06 pm

    Microsoft's decision to discontinue OEM and packaged sales of Windows XP at the end of June - leaving businesses and consumers with the less-than-celebrated Vista as their only choice of Windows operating system on new PCs - has drawn considerable criticism and led to an outpouring of support for the continuation of XP sales. Microsoft's response: We will continue to respond to the needs of our partners and customers.
  • Windows Vista driver malfunctions not just Microsoft's fault

    Posted February 7, 2008 - 3:58 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s debacle with Windows Vista device drivers malfunctioning after an upgrade to Service Pack 1 is an expected, almost inevitable result of the strategic path it took with Windows' initial release more than two decades ago.
  • Microsoft finalizes Vista SP1 code for mid-March release

    Posted February 4, 2008 - 2:28 pm

    Microsoft has finalized the code for the first service pack for Windows Vista, but won't release the code via its update services to customers until mid-March, the company said Monday. Moreover, some devices may not work with the initial version of the software because of driver issues that continue to plague the OS.
  • Windows Tip: Keep Outlook 2007 messages in outbox before sending

    Posted February 4, 2008 - 11:43 am

    for a few minutes before they are sent.

  • Bloggers: Early version of Windows 7 leaked to Web

    Posted January 29, 2008 - 10:31 am

    Reports surfaced over the weekend that an early version of Windows 7 has appeared on the Web, but so far only a couple of users claim to have seen the OS, and Microsoft won't confirm such a version exists.
  • Microsoft ships second refresh for Vista SP1

    Posted January 27, 2008 - 5:13 pm

    Microsoft released a refresh of its first service pack for Vista to beta testers on Thursday, indicating the final release might be near.
  • Microsoft: Vista more secure than XP and open source

    Posted January 24, 2008 - 3:46 pm

    Windows Vista was hit by significantly fewer publicly disclosed security flaws in its first year than Windows XP and open source rivals in their first years, according to a report from Microsoft.
  • Windows Tip: WMIC and non-admins

    Posted January 24, 2008 - 2:17 pm

    More on Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC). WMIC is a powerful tool that lets you query Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers directly from the command line or using batch files, and if you're an administrator then it's well worth your while exploring its capabilities.
  • Vista SP1 due out in next few weeks, sources say

    Posted January 23, 2008 - 10:04 pm

    The wait is nearly over for the first service pack for Windows Vista, according to sources close to Microsoft.
  • Windows Tip: Using WMIC for customer support

    Posted January 21, 2008 - 7:19 pm

    Michael Morrison, Director of Business Development at shares a detailed explanation of how he uses WMIC to support his company's customers.
  • Don't upgrade to Vista, UK gov't agency tells schools

    Posted January 11, 2008 - 12:16 pm

    British schools should not upgrade to Microsoft's Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) said in a report on the software. It also supported use of the international standard ODF (Open Document Format) for storing files.
  • Use WMIC to track down all services running on a Windows server

    Posted January 10, 2008 - 11:48 am

    order to reduce its footprint.

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