Windows and Office

Get the most out of Microsoft Windows and Office in your enterprise with these tips, tricks, tweaks, registry hacks, and security patch breakdowns. In addition, get ahead of the curve with insight int

  • Jack Wallen // December 21, 2008, 9:52 PM PST

    How do I ... map my network with Nessus 3 in Windows?

    Using Nessus to scan your network is an easy way to keep track of how many systems you have, what systems are deployed, what current IP addresses each system is assigned, and what ports are open on each system. Jack Wallen shows us how it works.


  • Mark Kaelin // December 28, 2008, 7:29 PM PST

    Add Copy to Folder and Move to Folder to Vista with this registry hack

    For some reason, Microsoft decided not to activate the Copy To and Move To menu items in Windows Vista Explorer as they did for Send To. This Microsoft Windows Registry hack adds Copy To and Move To to the right-click context menu of Windows Explorer.


  • Jack Wallen // February 17, 2009, 5:46 AM PST

    How do I ... use ArsClip to enhance the Windows clipboard?

    ArsClip monitors the Windows (98, Me, 2000, XP, and Vista) clipboard and keeps track of the last 15 levels (the default amount) of copied text entries. Jack Wallen shows you how to use ArsClip to improve and enhance the default features of the Microsoft Windows clipboard.


  • Greg Shultz // February 18, 2009, 12:45 AM PST

    Use Bootsect to extract Vista or Windows 7 from a dual-boot configuration

    You can use the Bootsect command to remove the Windows Boot Manager and its Boot Configuration Data system from the boot partition of a hard drive and replace it with Windows XP’s NTLDR boot management system. Greg Shultz shows you the Bootsect commands required to extract Microsoft Windows Vista or Windows 7 beta from a dual boot configuration.


  • Scott Lowe // February 18, 2009, 4:59 AM PST

    Get it right: Windows 7 does not have roots in Windows 3.1

    In an effort to get it right, Scott Lowe corrects an obvious error in history and judgment and offers the actual facts regarding the origins of Windows 7.


  • Jack Wallen // February 2, 2009, 3:58 AM PST

    How do I ... remap my keyboard with KeyTweak?

    For the power user nothing equals efficiency like having your keyboard keys mapped in just the right way for your particular needs. Jack Wallen explains how to use KeyTweak to map the keys on your keyboard just they way you want them.


  • Greg Shultz // February 3, 2009, 12:57 AM PST

    Get rid of old device drivers hidden in Vista

    Over time unused, but still installed, drivers installed in Microsoft Vista can cause problems if they inadvertently become enabled. Greg Shultz shows you how to use a special feature in Device Manager that allows it to display non-present devices.


  • Mark Kaelin // February 4, 2009, 3:01 AM PST

    Microsoft wants to help you fix Windows

    Microsoft has added a new Web site to its online support resources called Fix it. Troubleshooting common problems with Microsoft applications and operating systems is theoretically just a few clicks away.


  • Jack Wallen // February 6, 2009, 12:14 AM PST

    How do I ... use ReNamer to batch rename files?

    Batch file renaming is not a task anyone should have to undertake manually. It is time consuming and a mistake can be costly. Jack Wallen shows you how to use the open source application, ReNamer, to safely rename files in batches.


  • Jack Wallen // February 24, 2009, 6:03 AM PST

    How do I ... organize my Windows desktop with Fences?

    A cluttered desktop is an inefficient workspace. The Fences application allows you to create small workspaces for your icons where you can group them together in a titled, "fenced-in" space. Jack Wallen explains how it works.


  • Greg Shultz // February 10, 2009, 12:39 AM PST

    Take advantage of tools to monitor memory usage in Windows 7

    With Windows 7, there are some slight, but notable, changes in the way that memory usage is reported on the Performance tab of the Task Manager. Greg Shultz takes a closer look at the changes on Task Manager's Performance tab and investigates the Physical Memory usage chart.


  • Justin James // February 10, 2009, 5:06 AM PST

    It's Windows Patch Tuesday: February 2009

    Justin James presents a rundown on the February 2009 batch of Microsoft Windows patches. He wades through the available resources and brings you the information you need to make the right decision on applying them in your organization.


  • Mark Kaelin // February 11, 2009, 4:09 AM PST

    Microsoft cuts off Windows 7 open beta downloads

    Microsoft is no longer providing Windows 7 Beta as a download for just anyone. You are going to have to find your ISO files somewhere other than the official Web site.


  • Jack Wallen // April 21, 2009, 12:25 AM PST

    How do I ... use Tag2Find for better Windows searches?

    You know how difficult it can be some times to locate that one specific file on your Microsoft Windows PC. An application like Tag2Find enables you to tag files with a system similar to the already familiar Web-site tagging systems like Flickr and Delicious.


  • Greg Shultz // April 22, 2009, 1:09 AM PST

    Is Microsoft shooting its other foot with Windows 7 on netbooks?

    With the release of Microsoft Windows 7 set to occur in 2009, it leads one to contemplate the possibility of Windows 7 as a netbook operating system. Greg Shultz considers whether Microsoft's OS plans for the next generation of netbooks makes any sense.