Managing Windows Vista: Top 10 tips of the year

Learn how to manage Windows Vista in your organization with tips on Windows service pack decisions, improving Vista security, the newest features of Windows Vista and more.

Windows Vista has been out for well over a year now, and organizations have been wrestling with operating system issues ever since. Should they upgrade to Vista? Should they stick with Windows XP? Should they wait for Windows 7 to come out and bypass Vista altogether? With our top 10 Windows Vista management tips of the year, we'll teach those of you who chose Vista how to run the most successful desktop operating system environment...

possible. Learn how to improve Vista security, how Vista's new features can improve your network's functionality as well as several other how-to Windows Vista management tips.

How to create a Windows Vista boot CD with WinPE
Using WinPE, admins can launch Vista from a disk and use the deployment to create and restore images.

Install Windows XP on a Vista-ready machine
It's more complicated than you think to install Windows XP on a Vista-ready machine. Learn how you can downgrade Vista and run XP on new machines.

Top 10 ways to improve Windows Vista security
Windows Vista security is already pretty strong right out of the box, but there are ways to improve it even further. Learn how you can increase Vista security in this top 10 list.

Vista SP1 vs. XP SP3 -- upgrade or business as usual?
Which service pack option best fits your business needs? Windows Vista Service Pack 1 or Windows XP Service Pack 3? Learn about the pros and cons of each SP in this tip.

The ultimate Microsoft Vista tutorial on security
Read about User Account Control (UAC), Encrypting File System (EFS) and other Windows Vista security features and management best practices in our potpourri grab-bag.

Migrating to Windows Vista: Should you go with 64-bit?
Deciding between the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista is an important decision for those upgrading to the OS. Expert Brien Posey weighs the pros and cons of each version.

Working with Vista's Windows Recovery Environment
With Windows Vista, Microsoft has revamped the old Recovery Console with the new and improved Windows Recovery Environment, or WinRE, for restoring a disk, drive and system.

Using Vista's overhauled Windows Task Scheduler
Microsoft revamped its Task Scheduler tool with the release of Windows Vista. Learn how new enhancements to the console give administrators more control over triggers and actions.

Microsoft's Windows Task Manager: What's new in Vista?
While already a useful tool for admins, Microsoft made several improvements to its Task Manager utility for Windows Vista. Technical writer Brien Posey breaks down what's changed.

Vista's hybrid hard drive support boosts laptop performance
Windows Vista is one of the first operating systems to fully support hybrid hard drives. Learn the pros and cons of using such drives with network laptops.

This was first published in December 2008

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