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Windows System Administration

Planning a Backup and Restoration of Files for Disaster Recovery
Planning a backup and restoration of files is the most important step to protect data from accidental loss in the event of data deletion or a hard disk failure. The backup copy can be used to restore lost or damaged data. More ...

Set the User's Profile Information
A user profile is a collection of settings for a user account. It is stored in the user's folder. It contains the account's settings and preferences along with the user's home directory in a subfolder called Documents. 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 ...

Disable Automatic Wireless Configuration in Windows 7
Windows provides two services that configure your PC to connect to a wireless network. WLAN AutoConfig and WWAN AutoConfig. Both services are started automatically when you start your PC. If you don't use a wireless network or mobile broadband, for security reasons you may want to disable these services. 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 ...

Create and Change Password, Picture and User Name in Windows 7
In Windows 7, the logon screen usually contains a picture that you choose when setting up the computer and a default user name. Here's how to change your password, picture and user name. More ...

Kill The Messenger (Service)
All Windows versions install Messenger Service and turn it on by default. A program freely available from the Internet allows spammers to control the Messenger Service on hundreds of thousands of computers on the Web. 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 ...

Choosing a Tape Drive
Tape drives remain the leading technology used by organizations for backup and archiving. How do you select a tape drive that satisfies your needs without blowing the budget? The following are just some of the main factors to consider. More ...

The Security and Maintenance of Messages in Outlook Express
Outlook Express includes several tools that protect the unauthorized users from accessing the electronic data, thereby increasing the privacy and integrity of the e-mail messages. More ...

Computer Technician's Guide to Electronics Disposal and Recycling
The United States alone creates about 3 million tons of electronics waste each year. Much of this electronics waste is sent to developing nations where primitive processing methods cause serious health and pollution problems. CompTIA considers the knowledge of how to properly dispose of old computer equipment, to be an important part of being a certified computer technician. More ...

Synchronize Your PC's Clock with an Internet Time Server
Your PC should, by default, be configured to synchronize to time.windows.com every seven days. One of the reasons you might be thinking of synchronizing your PC's clock is because it doesn't keep accurate time. More ...