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  • The Rufus USB tool may ease building bootable Windows flash drives

    The Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool lets you make a USB flash drive bootable for operating system installations. It also enables you to run diagnostic tools and to work on...

  • WinPE (Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment)

    WinPE, also called the Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment, is a simplified operating system based on a version of the Windows kernel. 

    WinPE is not intended to be a complete operating system...

  • Windows 8 open source media player provides alternative for users

    Since Songbird isn't yet available for Windows 8, are there any open source options?

    The cross-platform, open source music player Songbird was discontinued in June 2013. However, Nightingale is an application that was created from...

  • Why was the Windows XP lifespan so long?

    Microsoft will cease providing technical assistance for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Alas, the appetite for desktops has changed in favor of more portable, power-saving devices, perhaps with touchscreens. In addition, cloud computing and...

  • Microsoft tightens Windows 8 encryption with Windows 8.1 features

    In Windows 8.1, Microsoft has jumped on the encryption bandwagon, if not quite in reaction to the National Security Agency. As with with its Surface RT tablet line, Microsoft's Windows 8.1 automatically encrypts disk drives by default. This...

  • x86-64

    x86-64 is a 64-bit processing technology developed by AMD that debuted with the Opteron and Athlon 64 processor. x86-64 is also known as x64 and...

  • Windows 8 laptop reviews for business PC buyers

    As the countdown to Windows XP's end of life...

  • Five things to keep in mind as Windows XP end of life approaches

    Sometimes the cost of not doing anything is higher than the cost of taking action. That could very well be the case when it comes to

  • Locking down Internet Explorer settings with Group Policy in IE 11

    The Web browser wars of the past are over. There's a good chance that your enterprise has standardized on Microsoft Internet Explorer. Even with its incompatibilities and nuances, Internet Explorer is highly manageable. Group Policy Objects...

  • Five steps for successful bot removal from enterprise desktops

    A few years ago, I worked on a project that investigated more than 10,000 computers that had been made into a botnet because of a targeted malware attack. Weak security practices, such as no vulnerability testing and an overreliance on...

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