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  • Andy Moon // May 26, 2008, 2:20 PM PST

    Yet more problems with XP Service Pack 3

    Another problem with Windows XP Service Pack 3 has reared its ugly head, this time causing headaches for users of Symantec products. Unfotunately, it appears that other users are being affected as well and that the problem appears eerily similar to an issue that Microsoft had with Service Pack 2. The two processes to watch for processor hogging on are fixccs.exe and cscript.exe. The problem can cause Device Manager to appear blank and can also produce thousands of errant registry entries.


  • Steven Warren // May 27, 2008, 12:11 PM PST

    How do I give Windows Vista a quick performance boost?

    If you are using Windows Vista in its entire splendor, did you know that a simple aero tweak will give you a performance boost? If you are running Windows Vista with the aero interface enabled, perform the following to boost your system:


  • Steven Warren // May 27, 2008, 12:28 PM PST

    Which version of Windows Vista do you own?

    Which version of Windows Vista do you own?


  • Steven Warren // May 28, 2008, 4:32 AM PST

    How do I install Diskeeper 2008 Home Server Edition?

    Windows Home Server is a new kind of server for the home. I have used it extensively and I believe Microsoft may have a hit with this very cool idea. Many vendors are also catching on and creating software that is compatible.


  • Steven Warren // May 27, 2008, 10:39 PM PST

    How do I increase CPU performance in Windows Vista?

    This blog provides you with a tip to unlock the processing power on your Windows Vista laptop.


  • Steven Warren // May 30, 2008, 12:47 AM PST

    How do I enable or disable UAC from a batch file?

    I go through phases on my Windows Vista machine where I am ok with using UAC and other times where I just want it to go away for awhile. I compare it to staring at a computer screen for hours. It is nice to take a break and get a hot cup of coffee or grab a Tall mocha from Starbucks. Here is how you accomplish the tasks.


  • Steven Warren // May 30, 2008, 6:38 AM PST

    How do I use the Compatibility tab in Windows Vista?

    Do you have old programs that do not work now that you have upgraded to Windows Vista? If so, don't fret, you can take advantage of compatibility mode in Windows Vista.


  • 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, 1:50 AM PST

    The Ballmer Bot


  • 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.