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Top desktop-related news and tips of 2011

In 2011, Microsoft software and both Windows 7 and 8 operating systems were all hot topics on Here's a list of the year's top desktop content.

Over the course of 2011, mobile devices have grown in popularity, Microsoft has made changes to Windows 7, and we've gotten glimpses of Windows 8. Microsoft also modified software such as the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 and Office 365. covered all these topics and more, so here's a list of the top enterprise desktop news and tips that grabbed readers' attention this past year.

January: Remotely wiping down multiple systems
With so many potential culprits, figuring out the cause of a slowed desktop can be a challenge. Simplify the process by breaking it down into these four steps.

February: Executing a Windows 7 desktop migration
Once you have a basic Windows 7 migration plan, it's time to start collecting data, testing applications and hardware, and exploring virtualization options.

March: Windows 7 learning guide
The recent release of Windows 7 SP1 means that Microsoft's operating system is likely coming to a desktop near you. Prepare for the unexpected with this guide.

April: Getting started with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 is equipped with several features designed to streamline enterprise migrations to Windows 7. See how to start the installation process.

May: A first glimpse at Windows 8
Although Windows 7 has been on shelves for less than two years, desktop admins are already gearing up for Windows 8. See what Microsoft has in the works with its upcoming OS.

June: The facts about Windows 7 licensing
Windows 7 licensing can be complicated, partly because the OS has had multiple predecessors and editions. Get control by using these helpful tools and avoiding common problems.

July: Why Microsoft wants you to make the move to Office 365
Here are some of Microsoft's motivations to get enterprises onto Office 365. Make sure your own needs are in alignment.

August: What to do when USB flash drives refuse to mount in Windows
If you're having trouble figuring out why a USB flash drive won't mount in your PC, check out this expert advice on how to fix such a problem.

September: Microsoft's prerelease of Windows 8 now open to scrutiny
Many IT shops are just installing Windows 7, but like it or not, it's time to start talking about Windows 8. This operating system lets many applications work across a wide range of end-user devices.

October: Responding to the top three iPad complaints in the enterprise
The iPad is making its way into the enterprise, so you're bound to encounter difficulties with the tablet device. Here are the top three complaints you might come across and ways to resolve them.

November: What to expect from Windows 8 if you're an IT manager
The release of Windows 8 is still a year or so away, but our expert explains what IT pros can expect from the new OS, including an "app store" and new virtualization features.

December: Why 32-bit Microsoft apps persist on 64-bit Windows desktops
While Microsoft's latest server products are 64-bit, Windows desktop apps come in 32- and 64-bit versions. In some cases -- such as Outlook 2010 -- the old 32-bit version wins.

Microsoft products, Windows 7 and Windows 8 will surely continue to grab reader interest in 2012, so be sure to visit for the latest desktop news, tips and guides.

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