Windows Enterprise Desktop:

November, 2009

November 30, 2009  3:00 AM

At long last, production PC settles down

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I may be asking for trouble, but it looks like I've finally gotten my production PC to settle down and behave itself. After about 13 weeks of ups and downs I've finally fixed all the drivers, gotten the various system components to behave, and have dealt only with very basic Windows and Internet...

November 29, 2009  11:09 PM

Where Windows 7 Starter Falls Down…For Me

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OK, so I've been running Windows 7 Starter on a couple of netbooks and my wife's mini-ITX Core 2 Duo system for a couple of months now. And while I still like this OS, especially for its slim footprint and modest profile, I've discovered a few things I don't like about it as well — enough so, in...

November 25, 2009  5:58 PM

Windows 8 Foreshadowing Now Underway

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November 22, 2009  9:07 PM

OEM Install Issues Are Real and Serious

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In the wake of my latest blog on bargain Win7 versions, I got an e-mail from a former student and regular corresponent, asking about some...

November 21, 2009  11:14 PM

Ed Bott Scores Again with money-saving Win7 suggestions

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Everybody who reads this blog is probably on the clock for an IT job of some kind. But let's face it: that means you're probably handling systems off the clock as well, for family and friends. Everybody can benefit from money-saving tips for software, and Ed Bott has put together a real nonpareil...

November 21, 2009  10:52 PM

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Helpful Even Post-Upgrade

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The obvious use for the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor (W7UA) program is to evaluate and report on hardware running some earlier version of Windows to help professionals prepare for an upgrade to that OS....

November 16, 2009  5:13 PM

Interesting Win7 Issues with Spyware Doctor with Antivirus

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I'm a long-time fan of PC Tool's highly-regarded Spyware Doctor antispyware products, and have run at least one version of this product family on a like number of test and production machines for going on four years now. In the last month, I've had problems with their latest and greatest combined...

November 13, 2009  6:32 PM

MS Unleashes Security Compliance Management Toolkit Series

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On November 11, 2009, MS released version 2.51 of its Security Compliance Management Toolkit Series through the Microsoft Download Center. Though not all...

November 11, 2009  9:55 PM

Patch Tuesday, November 09

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Here we go again: yesterday (11/10/2009) was another Patch Tuesday. This time around we see some reasonably serious critical level updates, where we find many versions of Windows affected (desktops: 2000, XP, and Vista; servers: 2003 and 2008) but no mention of either Windows 7 or Windows Server...

November 9, 2009  3:28 PM

Super Windows 7 Mouse/Keyboard Shortcuts

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Whenever Microsoft rolls out a new OS, it's always interesting to see what kinds of shortcuts get eliminated, added, or changed in that process. From my own experience, Windows7 offers plenty of neat and usable shortcuts to help savvy users make the most of its runtime environment. Thus, for...

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