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  • 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.
  • Windows XP sales extended through 2010 for ultra-low-cost PCs

    Posted April 3, 2008 - 3:20 pm

    Microsoft confirmed Thursday that it will extend the sales of Windows XP Home to OEMs beyond the current deadline of June 30, 2008, to accommodate a new class of ultra-low-cost PCs (ULCPCs) that are just beginning to pepper the market.
  • Despite deadlines, XP to be sold a few more years

    Posted March 31, 2008 - 2:22 pm

    June 30 of this year and Jan. 31, 2009, may be the deadlines for U.S. retailers and custom system builders, respectively, to sell Windows XP. But, due to exceptions Microsoft has made, the operating system will be available for at least the next two years for those who purchased business and Ultimate versions of Vista, as well as for customers in certain geographies.
  • Windows Tip: Creating template emails for Outlook 2007

    Posted March 31, 2008 - 11:50 am

    Here's how to create an email template in Outlook 2007 for emails that you commonly send out.
  • With Vista breached, Linux unbeaten in hacking contest

    Posted March 31, 2008 - 10:05 am

    challenge Friday at the CanSecWest conference.

  • Microsoft offers free support for Vista SP1 installs

    Posted March 24, 2008 - 3:44 pm

    Microsoft Corp. is offering free support to any Windows Vista user experiencing problems with installing Service Pack 1 (SP1), according to a company spokesman.
  • Customizing Vista's Instant Search

    Posted March 24, 2008 - 12:43 pm

    Here's how you can add a "Search Wikipedia" option to the Instant Search box on your Start menu.
  • How to get Vista SP1

    Posted March 21, 2008 - 1:55 pm

    The details of who gets SP1 now and how -- and who doesn't and why -- were pretty Byzantine, even for Windows. Microsoft recognized that, and dedicated one of its longer Vista blog posts to the topic.
  • Vista SP1 officially available

    Posted March 18, 2008 - 4:22 pm

    Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is available starting Tuesday, a day after let slip that it would become available this week.
  • Windows tip: Sizing your event logs

    Posted March 17, 2008 - 1:10 pm

    The Windows Event Logs are a good thing -- they're a primary source you can mine when troubleshooting server problems or monitoring server security. Because of this, it's a good idea to collect as much information as possible in these logs in order to provide you with a historical baseline of your server's operations to help you troubleshoot difficult issues, and also to create an audit trail for security purposes. The trouble is, can you have too much of a good thing?
  • Microsoft submits Windows 7 for U.S. antitrust review

    Posted March 12, 2008 - 3:23 pm

    Microsoft has submitted the follow-up to Windows Vista to the committee that oversees its U.S. antitrust compliance, to ensure the operating system is meeting the terms of the company's agreement with the government.
  • IT budgets to rise as Vista bites

    Posted March 11, 2008 - 10:13 am

    U.K. companies' IT spending is likely to grow above inflation this year, with Windows Vista and mobile computing hardware consuming much of the increase, a new study from the National Computing Centre (NCC) has said.
  • 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.
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