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Windows System Administration

Introduction to DOS
The first PCs didn't use the Windows Operating System, they used DOS. DOS has an interface where the user types text commands. The DOS interface is still available in Windows Vista, and is still used regularly by the most skilled system administrators. More ...

To Protect Your PC Disable the Windows Scripting Host
Anyone can use Windows Notepad to create a script to read, modify, create, or delete files on your PC, including the registry and other configuration files. A script can be executed by clicking on the name of the script within an email message. More ...

Three Important Techniques for Securing a Wireless Network
If you have a wireless network at home or in the office, it is critical to have it secured. Wireless networks are prone to attacks from outsiders - perhaps even more so than with wired networks. This article shows how you can implement three techniques to secure a given wireless network. More ...

Application, Program, Process, Service, Thread; What Does it All Mean?
Although applications, services, and processes are all pretty much the same thing, generally if its a program that displays a user interface, you should call it an application. A program that doesn't displays a user interface, you should call a service. More ...

Installing a Local Printer on Windows Vista
Installing a local printer, especially a USB printer, is a non-issue on Windows Vista. You connect it, turn it on, and Vista automatically installs it. But if you have a less common printer, an older printer, or if you've previously removed the printer and want to add it again, you may need to use the Printer Wizard. More ...

How to Configure the msdos.sys file
Msdos.sys was one of the three files (along with io.sys and command.com) that DOS 6 and earlier versions was composed of. Beginning with Windows 95, msdos.sys was combined into io.sys and the new msdos.sys became a text editable configuration file. More ...

NTFS Permissions
NTFS Permissions is a file system feature that lets you set specify which files on your system can be accessed by which specific users, and what kind of access they have to each file. More ...

Free Tool to Uninstall Windows 10 Store Apps
Windows 10 is not primarily an operating system, but instead it's a marketing device. Fortunately, there is a fee tool that will help you uninstall Microsoft Store apps on Windows 10. More ...

Use the HOSTS File to Block Web Sites
When you type a domain name into your Web browser, Internet Protocol contacts a computer that is a domain name server to look up the IP address of the Web site. In the early days, the Internet didn't need domain name servers. More ...

Turn Off Windows XP Service Pack 2 Firewall
If your PC is running Windows XP Service Pack 2, the first thing you need to do is turn off the firewall. Why? Because a serious firewall blocks unwanted inbound and OUTBOUND connections. SP2's firewall does not block unwanted outbound connections. More ...

Make a Shortcut to Create a Restore Point on Windows 10
In Windows 10 Automatic Updates are primarily used to bind the operating system tighter to Microsoft's Store. That's one good reason why you might want to return your system back to a previous state. But to do that, you need to have set a previous restore point. More ...

Use Windows 10 File History Option to Backup Your Personal Files
In Window 10 ,File History regularly backs up versions of your files in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. If the originals are lost, damaged, or deleted, you can use File History to restore them. More ...

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