• January 17, 2015 17 Jan'15

    Seismic Shift in Windows Punditsphere

    Huh? What's a "Punditsphere?" Glad you asked! It's the group of industry insiders, experts, gurus, and gadabouts that attach themselves to specific technology platforms, tools, and operating ...

  • January 14, 2015 14 Jan'15

    Windows 7 Now Off Mainstream Support

    OK folks, here's a transition point for you to note. As of today, January 14, Windows 7 is no longer on mainstream support at Microsoft. Going forward, it will get no new functionality, no new ...

  • January 12, 2015 12 Jan'15

    Dell Venue 11 Pro Shows Promise of Broadwell Tablets

    About two months ago, I purchased a Dell Venue 11 Pro model 7130, when I read that it featured a Broadwell "M" class CPU in a compact 11" format. By the time all was said and done I spent around ...

  • January 10, 2015 10 Jan'15

    Update Tuesday: Evolving from Advance Notification to myBulletins

    For the past year or so, Patch Tuesday has been remonikered Update Tuesday. In a blog post from the Microsoft Security Response Center on Thursday, January 8, Chris Betz discussed the topic of ...

  • January 05, 2015 05 Jan'15

    CES Is On: Hope the Hype Hits!

    Now that the holidays are behind us, and the New Year is unrolling before is, it's time for that annual technology extravaganza known as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), still one of the ...

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  • January 02, 2015 02 Jan'15

    Yes, Virginia: Windows *DOES* Defrag SSDs (Sometimes)

    Two persistent myths that attach to SSDs running under "modern" Windows OSes (version 7 and higher) are as follows: (a) defragging such disks is a bad idea (b) Windows doesn't defrag such disks by ...

  • September 15, 2014 15 Sep'14

    Grab the Latest Sysinternals Suite (FREE)

    For those not already in the know, Sysinternals is the name of a former company that's now part of Microsoft that's long been a source for some of the very best Windows monitoring, management, and ...

  • August 22, 2014 22 Aug'14

    Two-year PC replacement saves cost, raises productivity

    IT pros debate whether companies should replace PCs every two years instead of following conventional wisdom of three to four years. In today's world, one size doesn't fit all, and a two-year cycle may work in some cases.

  • April 30, 2014 30 Apr'14

    Fast moving Microsoft Windows 8.1 update train railroads IT

    Microsoft's faster Windows 8.1 update cadence has a major impact on IT pros who don't have time to test applications and third-party software.

  • April 01, 2014 01 Apr'14

    Why was the Windows XP lifespan so long?

    There are many reasons why the Windows XP lifespan lasted longer than those of most operating systems. Our columnist looks at three major reasons.

  • March 04, 2014 04 Mar'14

    Microsoft licensing changes with standalone Windows Enterprise upgrade

    Microsoft launched a standalone Windows Enterprise upgrade SKU, but is it a true value or simply a way to lure IT pros to Windows 8?

  • January 16, 2014 16 Jan'14

    Windows XP anti-malware support extended until 2015, buys IT time

    Microsoft will extend anti-malware support for Windows XP until July 2015, giving a slight reprieve for those who have yet to migrate from the aging OS.

  • October 28, 2013 28 Oct'13

    Thurrott Previews the Surface Docking Station

    The much-awaited and anticipated Surface Docking Station from Microsoft gets a once-over in a recent piece from Paul Thurrot. The piece is entitled "Surface Docking Station: First Impressions and ...

  • October 22, 2013 22 Oct'13

    Mobile workstations deliver high-end computing power -- for a price

    Mobile workstations from Dell, Toshiba and HP pack plenty of computing power and weigh less than their predecessors, but prices may limit adoption.

  • October 16, 2013 16 Oct'13

    Windows 8.1 biometrics support increases security, but do you need it?

    The Windows 8.1 Preview features more biometrics support, such as built-in fingerprint authentication, which could be useful for mobile security.

  • September 30, 2013 30 Sep'13

    Best practices for a Windows XP migration to Windows 7 or Windows 8

    Windows XP support ends on April 8, 2014, and businesses that haven't upgraded should follow best practices to move ahead with a Windows XP migration.

  • August 19, 2013 19 Aug'13

    "Run as Administrator" Adds to WinDirStat File Visibility

    I've written repeatedly about a great, free SourceForge utility called WinDirStat for this blog over the years. But just this morning, I learned something about the program I didn't know -- namely ...

  • August 01, 2013 01 Aug'13

    Can Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview entice business users?

    Microsoft ships Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview on the heels of Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview updates.

  • July 29, 2013 29 Jul'13

    Lines between tablets, notebooks and ultra-mobile PCs blur

    How does a tablet differ from a notebook or an ultra-mobile PC? Here's how to determine which is which.

  • June 06, 2013 06 Jun'13

    Rufus Beats Windows 7 USB Download Tool, Hands Down

    These days ultrabooks and tablets make DVDs passé for Windows installs. UFDs (USB Flash Drives, that is) are the way to go. I'd discovered the free Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool at the ...

  • April 15, 2013 15 Apr'13

    Standardizing on Windows tablet PCs to simplify device management

    The enterprise can learn a thing or two about managing mobile devices from the education industry's standardization on Windows-based tablet PCs.

  • March 08, 2013 08 Mar'13

    Enterprise IT shops put off Windows 8 migrations

    Windows 8 migrations have stalled as IT shops grapple with decisions over hardware and software upgrade costs, Windows security issues and more.

  • October 25, 2012 25 Oct'12

    Microsoft's latest 'bet the farm' operating system wager debuts

    Windows 8 will finally launch this week, but whether IT pros embrace it remains to be seen.

  • September 17, 2012 17 Sep'12

    SATA II ICH10R vs. SATA III Marvel 9128 Controllers

    Last week, after upgrading my 119 GB (actual) SATA II OCZ Vertex-2 SSD to a 167 GB (actual) SATA III Intel 520 SSD, I quickly realized that the SATA III Marvell 9128 controller on my Asus P6X58D-E ...

  • May 27, 2012 27 May'12

    Dealing with the "Bezel Issue" and Windows 8

    Almost any of the touchscreens you might buy today (especially those offered at more reasonable prices) will have bezels around the edge. By definition, a bezel forms a raised edge around the ...

  • October 21, 2011 21 Oct'11

    Turn off Random IPv6 Address Generation in Windows 7

    If you read this blog regularly, you already know that a team of authors -- including Jeff Carrell (the lead), James Pyles, Tom Lancaster, Mark Mirrotto, and myself -- are reworking a college ...

  • September 19, 2011 19 Sep'11

    The Real Secret Behind SLAT and Hyper-V for Windows 8

    So now that I've been introduced to Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) as a requirement for Hyper-V on the upcoming release of Windows 8 (see my recent blog on this discovery at ...

  • July 27, 2011 27 Jul'11

    Auto-Update for KB2310138 Spreads Consternation for MSE Users

    OK, so if you're running Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) installed then you must figure out what to do with an update that Microsoft pushed yesterday in its increasingly typical "2nd Patch ...

  • January 05, 2011 05 Jan'11

    Visio 2010: An improvement over 2007, but still flawed

    The latest version of Microsoft's diagramming program offers a plethora of new features -- and reintroduces a former flaw.

  • October 19, 2010 19 Oct'10

    Creating an IT admin's PowerShell toolbox

    The PowerShell scripting tool in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 should be the staple of any IT administrator's toolbox. Learn how it can help you.

  • October 19, 2010 19 Oct'10

    Microsoft counters Google Apps with Office 365

    Checkmate! Microsoft hopes its Office 365 online software suite will help retain customers considering a move to Google Apps.

  • June 22, 2010 22 Jun'10

    "Please Wait" Can Mean "Wait Forever..."

    According to MS KB Article 983551 (6/10/2010; Rev: 2.0) some computers running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 can freeze at the "Please wait" display that precedes appearance of the desktop on ...

  • May 12, 2010 12 May'10

    Beware the TDSS Rootkit Removal Tool!!!

    In the latest (May 2010) issue of Virus Bulletin, I read Alisa Shevchencko's story "TDSS Infections - Quarterly Report" with some interest and a lively appreciation of the TDSS rootkit malware and ...

  • April 13, 2010 13 Apr'10

    Google makes Docs more like Microsoft Office

    Google Docs is getting better in some ways, but in other ways, Office still rules. Collaboration features remain strong, but Office 2010 is just around the corner.

  • February 21, 2010 21 Feb'10

    Making SSDs Work on Windows 7

    By now, everybody's aware of the speed and power consumption or battery life benefits that solid state drives (SSDs) can confer on desktop and notebook PCs, respectively — at least, for those ...

  • September 14, 2009 14 Sep'09

    Eight is too many characters for strong passwords

    Passwords that are eight characters long are easily cracked. Learn how a seven-character complex password can provide better security, and passphrases can be stronger still.

  • February 21, 2006 21 Feb'06

    Learning Guide: End-user education

    With changes occurring so frequently in the computer world, especially the world of computer security, it is difficult for anybody outside of the IT industry to keep up with all of the latest security information that they need. That's where the ...

  • August 03, 2005 03 Aug'05

    Rootkit battle: Rootkit Revealer vs. Hacker Defender

    Although rootkits have been threatening various platforms for years, only recently did a major battle develop between the rootkit creators and eradicators: Holy Father's Hacker Defender vs. Sysinternals' Rootkit Revealer. Microsoft's Kurt Dillard ...

  • May 08, 2005 08 May'05

    What are user-mode vs. kernel-mode rootkits?

    All modes of rootkits are difficult to detect, but one type is preferred by hackers over another. Read about different rootkits in this tip.

  • January 13, 2005 13 Jan'05

    10 tips in 10 minutes: Password policy considerations

    The following 10 quick tips offer expert advice on password policy considerations, from educating users on the importance of a password policy to enforcing minimum length passwords.

  • December 21, 2004 21 Dec'04

    Definition of Microsoft patches

    Find out what types of new code introductions are included in Microsoft patch management in this book excerpt from Chapter 1 of "The complete patch management book."

  • October 22, 2004 22 Oct'04

    Close all unused ports

    This excerpt from "The administrator shortcut guide to patch management" describes how to restrict traffic by only allowing it through certain firewall ports.