Windows and Office

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  • Steven Warren // March 14, 2008, 5:33 AM PST

    Tip: Create a Safely Remove Hardware shortcut

    In Windows Vista, I continually pop in and pop out flash drives. I destroyed a flash drive in Windows Vista already by just pulling the flash drive out when I am done. I got tired of clicking on the small arrow in the system tray to find the Safely Remove Hardware icon. Here is a tip on creating a Safely Remove Hardware shortcut.


  • Greg Shultz // March 18, 2008, 5:00 PM PST

    Use photos in Windows XP's 3D Flying Objects

    If you're familiar with Windows XP's My Pictures Slideshow screen saver to display photos of loved ones, here's a twist that you might find interesting. Greg Shultz shows how you can use photos to add texture.


  • Steven Warren // March 18, 2008, 9:51 AM PST

    Windows Vista SP1 Blocker Tool


  • Andy Moon // June 2, 2008, 1:37 PM PST

    Will Windows continue to bloat or can it go on a diet?

    Some people are speculating that one of these days, Microsoft will do a radical overhaul of an operating system that has remained based on the same code since the mid 1990s. When it comes down to it, all of the current Microsoft OS offerings are direct descendants of this code, having only gotten more and more bloated along the way. If recent demonstrations and Microsoft sources are to be believed, Windows 7 will not be what the MinWin proponents are hoping for.


  • Steven Warren // June 3, 2008, 3:49 AM PST

    How do I recover my system in Windows XP using System Restore?

    Windows XP is bundled with a cool feature called System Restore. It allows System Administrators to restore XP computers to a previous state without losing the following files: Email, Favorites, My Documents, and Cookies.


  • Steven Warren // June 3, 2008, 11:40 PM PST

    Everyone needs a MoGo

    When I travel, I never tend to bring a mouse because it is just another piece of equipment to carry in an already overloaded bag. This is where MoGo rocks. This mouse just sits inside your laptop PC card slot. This is how you charge it. The initial installation was very easy in that you just have to pair it with your internal Bluetooth and your are ready to go.


  • Greg Shultz // June 4, 2008, 1:05 AM PST

    Quickly gather MAC addresses in Windows XP with ARP

    You don't need to go from computer to computer to gather the MAC addresses of each client computer. Greg Shultz explains how to get into the ARP cache, and learn all the MAC addresses on your network.


  • Mark Kaelin // June 4, 2008, 1:58 AM PST

    Is Silverlight the way to the future?

    Is Microsoft's latest Web development tool Silverlight really all they claim it to be? We asked the TechRepublic community to chime in.


  • Steven Warren // June 4, 2008, 3:46 AM PST

    Are WebSlices the next big idea for Internet Explorer?

    WebSlices are a new feature in Internet Explorer 8 that allows a user to subscribe to content within a Web page. It's basically a graphical feed for one portion of a page. A developer has to create a WebSlice and currently only a few Microsoft partners have WebSlices available, but that should change when IE goes mainstream.


  • Mark Kaelin // May 8, 2008, 7:08 AM PST

    How do I... Return the Address bar Windows XP SP3 removed?

    One of the features we liked about Microsoft Windows XP was the optional Address bar you could dock to the toolbar section of the desktop. But Service Pack 3 for XP takes away that option ostensibly for legal reasons. Well, Mark Kaelin says nuts to that and shows you how to get it back.


  • Andy Moon // June 23, 2008, 11:52 AM PST

    Microsoft and Yahoo, the drama just keeps coming

    Microsoft keeps trying to dance with Yahoo, but Jerry Yang seems determined to go to the prom stag. In their latest refusal, Yahoo decided against selling their search business to Microsoft, months after refusing Microsoft's overtures to purchase the whole company.


  • Steven Warren // June 18, 2008, 4:54 AM PST

    How do I configure a boot sequence in Windows Vista without the command line?

    In this post, we show you how to perform a Windows Vista boot without the GUI.


  • Paul Mah // May 19, 2008, 5:01 PM PST

    Developers slow to build on Windows Vista

    Many developers are slow to target Microsoft's Vista operating system, claims survey by Evans Data Corp of 380 developers in North America. The predominant cause appears to be a lack of user interest in Windows Vista, though some growth is expected next year where Vista development is concerned.


  • Susan Harkins // May 20, 2008, 1:09 AM PST

    How do I... Replace a complex connection string with a DSN?

    Anybody who’s interacted with foreign data programmatically knows that getting the connection code right can be frustrating. If you support yourself, you might find a Data Source Name (DSN) easier to create than a traditional connection string. Susan Sales Harkins shows how it could work for you.