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Is Your Critical PC Data Adequately Protected From Disaster?
For small businesses or home users protecting and managing disaster scenarios merge the three industrial IT fields of Disaster Recovery, High Availability and Backup. Using best practice from industry and modern desktop PC's with sophisticated hardware and software it's amazing just how much we can do. More ...

DOS Tasklist and Taskkill Commands
The Windows operating system is actually just a bunch of co-operating programs called tasks or processes. Using the DOS tasklist and taskkill commands, we can explore and control processes running on the system. More ...

Msconfig - Microsoft's Secret Weapon to Increase Your Computer's Speed
Often when you install software it will, by default, load into your system's memory when you turn your computer on. All these programs loading into memory will eventually mean a snail will beat your computer in a race! Msconfig gives you a central location to manage a variety of your computer's options. More ...

Video - Microsoft Remote Desktop - Part One
This video by ImpartLabs is a tutorial that talks about Remote Desktop. With Remote Desktop you'll be able to take control over any computer you want to. It's similar to Remote Assistance and Net Meeting, the difference is with Remote Desktop both users will be able to view what's going on. More ...

Disable Unnecessary Background Apps
A background app is a program that runs in the background. They take up memory space, using network bandwidth, and if you're using a portable device, drain your battery. More ...

How to Create a Bootable USB Drive
A bootable USB flash drive allows you to diagnose hardware issues and can be used to install Windows on your PC. However you first need to create a bootable USB flash drive. More ...

Configure Vista's Data Execution Prevention
If DEP notices a program on your computer using memory incorrectly, it closes the program and notifies you that the programs execution has been blocked. By default DEP is set to protect only Windows operating system files. However, you can configure DEP to protect all programs on your computer. More ...

Windows 7 Tweaks
This book is packed with more than 400 pages of insider tips, it delves beneath the surface to reveal little-known ways to tweak, modify, and customize Windows 7 to get every ounce of performance from your operating system. More ...

What is the difference between MSI and EXE Installations?
There is no standard for EXE installations, various vendors of setup authoring tools like InstallShield and Wise Studio have created their own rules and guidelines. MSI packages are created in compliance with the standard defined by the Microsoft Windows Installer technology. More ...

Script to Print a Directory File List
There are many low cost and free applications that will print a directory file list. Some people use the DOS prompt or a DOS batch file. In this article, I'm going to give you another method, a small VBScript to run with the Windows Scripting Host. More ...

Use PowerShell and WMI to Get CPU Information
Suppose you want to get some information about the CPU in your computer. Can you remember which Control Panel utility will provide that information? If you use a PowerShell script to access WMI you can always get the information you want no mater how they rearrange Control Panel. More ...

Use Free Autoruns Utility to Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs
Stopping unnecessary programs from starting makes Windows boot faster and frees up system resources. Microsoft sysinternals free Autoruns utility shows you what programs are configured to start at system bootup or login. More ...

Configuring Windows as a NTP (Network Time Protocol) Server
The Windows operating systems from Windows 2000 onwards has an in-built time synchronization service - Windows Time. The Windows Time service facilitates a Windows network to provide synchronization of all machines within a domain. This article describes how to configure the Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 time service as a NTP server. More ...

Basic Functions of Microsoft Active Directory
Active Directory is a distributed directory service included with Microsoft Server operating systems. Active Directory enables centralized, secure management of an entire network. This article describes the basic functions of Active Directory. More ...


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