Ed Bott

Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications. He has served as editor of the U.S. edition of PC Computing and managing editor of PC World; both publications had monthly paid circulation in excess of 1 million during his tenure. He is the author of more than 25 books on Microsoft Windows and Office, including Windows 7 Inside Out (2009) and Office 2013 Inside Out (2013).

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WGA strikes Vista, Office 2007

WGA strikes Vista, Office 2007

Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy program was an add-on to earlier versions of Windows and Office, but the Genuine Advantage code is baked into Windows Vista and Office 2007. And if you thought that Microsoft's next-generation WGA would work better than the current one, think again.

published September 25, 2006 by

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Vista passes one security test

Vista passes one security test

Does the multi-layered security protection in Windows Vista work? It's too early to provide a definitive answer, but Vista's handling of the zero-day VML exploit offers some encouraging news.

published September 22, 2006 by

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Vista Mythbusters #6: Is Vista really more secure?

Vista Mythbusters #6: Is Vista really more secure?

Microsoft touts Windows Vista as the most secure Windows ever, but critics say the changes are mostly cosmetic and are so annoying that most users will simply turn them off. There are big changes in the User Account Control feature in RC1. Have they done enough to win over skeptical users?

published September 20, 2006 by

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Vista Mythbusters #5: Aero isn't rocket science

Vista Mythbusters #5: Aero isn't rocket science

To hear some reviewers talk about it, Vista's new Aero interface is so demanding that it will make your old video card burst into tears. That may have been true a yewar ago, but it certainly isn't so today. In the latest Vista Mythbusters post, I explain what Aero is (a handful of flashy visuals), what you need to run it (even video chips integrated on cheap motherboards can handle Aero these days), and why it's not a make-or-break feature.

published September 18, 2006 by

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Vista, Office 2007 beta updates

Vista, Office 2007 beta updates

This week, Microsoft made new beta versions of Windows Vista and Office 2007 widely available. If you're interested in evaluating what the Windows and Office families will look like beginning next year, this is a good place to start.

published September 14, 2006 by

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Vista Mythbusters #4: Yes, Microsoft really is price-gouging

Vista Mythbusters #4: Yes, Microsoft really is price-gouging

Microsoft says they haven't raised prices for Windows Vista. And if you hold your head sideways and look at the official price list just right, you have to agree. Unless you're planning to buy Vista Ultimate edition, that is. With the highest price tag for any Windows version ever, the pricing makes no sense at all.

published September 13, 2006 by

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Apple takes back the copycat title

Apple takes back the copycat title

Apple cultists are gushing over Steve Jobs' latest Apple announcements. Browsing your music collection by album cover? A box that connects your home theater to your networked PC and plays music and movies? Someone better tell Steve it's all been done before, and better.

published September 13, 2006 by

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Virtualizing Vista

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.

published September 10, 2006 by

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Vista Mythbusters #3: Will Microsoft dump XP to push Vista?

Vista Mythbusters #3: Will Microsoft dump XP to push Vista?

Conspiracy theorists believe Microsoft is plotting to drop support for Windows XP as soon as Vista comes out, thereby forcing Windows users to upgrade or else. The reality? You can count on at least four years of support for XP. I've got the details and the exact dates.

published September 8, 2006 by

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10 essential tweaks for Windows Vista RC1

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.

published September 6, 2006 by

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Windows Vista RC1 is complete

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.

published September 1, 2006 by

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On the trail of the $1000 Vista PC

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.

published August 31, 2006 by

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

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.

published August 30, 2006 by

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