Monthly Archives: December 2010

How To Auto-Logon To A User Account At Startup In Vista

One of the annoying features of Vista is that because you have to create an account and a password for every  PC or device that you want to share files with. Because of this, upon boot up Vista will display … Continue reading

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Diagnose slow Windows boot with Event Viewer

Microsoft developers did a lot of work to make Windows Vista or Windows 7 boot more quickly than previous versions. But, there are still issues that can make your computer boot more slowly than it should. Event Viewer to track … Continue reading

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10 PowerShell commands every Windows admin should know

Over the last few years, Microsoft has been trying to make PowerShell the management tool of choice. Almost all the newer Microsoft server products require PowerShell, and there are lots of management tasks that can’t be accomplished without delving into … Continue reading

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Safely edit the Windows Registry with these five tips.

The Windows registry is a powerful tool, but one wrong edit can render a Windows machine unusable or worse – unbootable. And there’s nothing worse for an IT pro than making the problem worse while trying to fix an end user’s … Continue reading

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How do I use a RAM disk to help speed up disk-intensive applications?

There are certain applications that do an unusual amount of reading and writing data. Under normal operating circumstances, these applications work fine. But what happens when those disk-intensive applications start competing with other applications? When this happens, a serious slowdown … Continue reading

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10 Sysinternals tools you shouldn’t be without

Sysinternals has been around for quite some time and was acquired by Microsoft in 2006. These are great little tools for getting some heavy-hitting Windows things done and sometimes done better than when using the built-in tools for a task. … Continue reading

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How to wipe a hard disk with DBAN

Any time a hard drive leaves your possession, whether you’re recycling, reselling, or returning it to the manufacturer, you should securely delete the data it contains. Although physically destroying your old hard drives or running them through a degaussing machine … Continue reading

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Disable Windows Update for device driver installation

When new hardware is installed on a Windows Server, there are a number of options, such as which driver to use and whether to utilize Windows Update for the driver. There are options for specifying this behavior. For standalone systems, … Continue reading

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