Using the Display Color Calibration Tool (DCCW.exe) in Windows 7 to Get the Most From your Display. You Would Tweek the Settings on Your 50 Inch LCD Why Not Tweek Your Laptop LCD Monitor Too?

I like to watch DVD’s on my laptop!  I can’t possibly work all of the time, and so when I need a break a good DVD is often the way to go.  I was watching a DVD on a recent flight when the man sitting next to me asked where I got a laptop with…

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How to Burn Disks with Windows Server 2008 R2

I believe that Windows Server 2008 R2 is the best Server operating system on the planet by a pretty wide margin over every other competitor in the marketplace.  Its just a rock solid amazing server platform!  Now that you know exactly where I stand on this topic let me also say that there are plenty…

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Internet Explorer 9 Available for Download

I have purposefully put off writing this post because I wanted to see the initial reaction to Internet Explorer 9.  Guess what?  There hasn’t been one.  It is amazing to me that when a product hits the market it takes very little time to find the bugs, and when the bugs come out the backlash…

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How to Stop All of Those Unwanted Programs that Automatically Run at Startup!

  Download AutoRuns here. One of the things about being an IT guy is that everyone asks for technical support.  I have worked out a general understanding with my neighbors and friends that I will gladly help them with their technical support challenges, even making house calls, as long as they are willing to pay…

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How To disable the Shutdown Tracker in Windows Server 2008 R2

I use a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine that is installed on my Lenovo W510 laptop to do demonstrations almost every day.  Normally I would recommend that you leave your servers running all the time, however in this case I have a limitation of battery life that does not allow that practice and so I…

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Memories Longer than the Road that Stretches Out Ahead.

Yesterday I made some comments about Apple that some of you have taken to mean that I hate them.  It just isn’t the case.   Apple is one of the driving factors to innovation in the world of the PC.  What I dislike is the petty games that Apple and Microsoft often play with and against…

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Windows XP Mode

In our last Virtualization 101 discussion we introduced you to Windows Virtual PC and discussed some of the basics of that particular type 2 hypervisor with its associated Virtual Machine Manager (VMM.)  We also introduce the topic of Windows XP Mode.  Today I want to spend some time highlighting what I believe are some of…

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Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Today on the TechNet download center there are 5 new items.  Two of those Items are Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with integrated SP1.  Of course as you can see if you choose either Windows 7 of Windows Server 2008 R2 from the new downloads menu you can also download the service pack…

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3 Things to Know Before You Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7

Yesterday we talked about Type 2 hypervisors and why you might want to actually use them.  I told you then that the main reason you use a type 2 hypervisor is to ease the transitionary pain of moving from one operating system to another.  No sooner did I print those words that one of my…

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