Windows operating system management for the IT pro

Managing Windows operating systems is a difficult task for any IT admin, but with our top 10 tips of the year, you can learn how to improve OS performance in your organization.

Whether you've upgraded to Windows Vista or decided to stick with Windows XP and wait for Windows 7, our top 10 operating system management tips of the year will help IT administrators solve their desktop OS issues. Whether you're looking to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your desktop environment or simply to improve general performance in your organization, this top 10 series is for you.

Green computing for less with Vista and Windows Server 2008
Three power management tools help put some green in your environment -- without taking too much from your wallet.

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.

Associating proper applications with file types in Windows
Learn how to reset file extensions in Windows Vista and to assign the applications that should be used to open certain files on your computer.

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.

Demystifying Microsoft's iSCSI Initiator for Windows Vista and Server 2008
The inclusion of the iSCSI Initiator with Microsoft's latest operating systems is just one example of the company's increased focus on SAN.

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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