Ed Bott

Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications.

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Virtualizing Vista

One of the best ways to test a new (or old) operating system is to install it in a virtual environment. Instead of messing with physical hardware, you create virtual disks, run processes on a virtual CPU, test what happens when you add some virtual memory, and save the whole thing as a file that you can restore in a few minutes.

September 10, 2006 by


10 essential tweaks for Windows Vista RC1

No, this is not just another set of random Windows Vista screenshots. Now that Release Candidate 1 is available to the public, I've put together detailed instructions for my 10 favorite tweaks, including how to set up Vista without a product key and how to speed up your system without taking the cover off.

September 6, 2006 by


Windows Vista RC1 is complete

Microsoft Windows boss Jim Allchin just posted the details over at the Windows Vista blog.Technical beta testers can now download Build 5600 in x86 and x64 versions, which I'm doing right now.

September 1, 2006 by


On the trail of the $1000 Vista PC

Yesterday, I debuted my Vista Mythbusters series with a discussion of how much hardware you really need to run Windows Vista. Today, I spotted that myth in the wild. A so-called enterprise user claims that "Vista will NEVER run on a $1000 PC." Oh really? Check out my shopping list.

August 31, 2006 by


Vista Mythbusters #1: It's not a hardware hog

I'm continually amazed at just how much misinformation is out there when it comes to Windows Vista. Between Microsoft's confusing messages and a committed anti-Microsoft crowd, how do you get the facts? Start here. This is the first in a series of myth-busting posts designed to help the Windows community make sense of the Vista landscape.

August 30, 2006 by


Vista prices revealed!

Windows Vista Ultimate for $349? Vista upgrades for $99? Those are smart guesses for the final U.S. prices, based on a retail price list posted - apparently by accident - by the good folks at Microsoft Canada.

August 28, 2006 by


Windows without viruses and spyware? Yes, it's possible

How do you protect Dad, Grandma, or Little Ricky from viruses and malware? The convention wisdom is to install multiple layers of antivirus and antispyware software and then come back once a month to clean up the mess. That's wrong. Here's my eight-step program for creating a practically bulletproof Windows XP machine.

August 24, 2006 by