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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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.

September 10, 2006 by in VMWare

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.

September 6, 2006 by in Windows

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.

September 1, 2006 by in Windows

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.

August 31, 2006 by in Hardware

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.

August 30, 2006 by in Windows

Vista prices revealed!

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 in Windows

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

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 in Security

IE7 marches toward completion

IE7 marches toward completion

The most interesting part of today's announcement that an IE7 release candidate is now available is the almost complete lack of news. If you're using a previous beta version, the upgrade is a must; for everyone else, it's a yawn.

August 24, 2006 by in Enterprise Software

A closer look at Windows Update problems

A closer look at Windows Update problems

Two weeks ago, I reported on widespread problems with Microsoft's Automatic Updates and Windows Update services. Microsoft confirmed those problems a few days later, assuring Windows users that the delays in downloading updates were "perfectly normal." I've put together a new image gallery that illustrates substantial problems with Microsoft's update process. But they're not willing to talk about it.

August 23, 2006 by in Microsoft

How much is Windows worth?

How much is Windows worth?

If you walk into a retail store, you'll find shrink-wrapped copies of Windows on the shelves for as much as $299. But these days, you can a whole PC for that amount of money. As a result, consumers have a distorted view of what Windows should cost. Do Microsoft's artificially high retail prices encourage piracy and discourage legal upgrades?

August 21, 2006 by in Windows

Whose new tools are more open?

Whose new tools are more open?

Microsoft has a browser toolbar. So does Google. Microsoft has a blog-authoring tool. So does Google. One is surprisingly open, the other is mostly closed. Guess which is which?

August 16, 2006 by in Google

Microsoft confirms slow updates

Microsoft confirms slow updates

Didn't get your August updates yet? Microsoft says this is "perfectly normal." They also acknolwedge that they've prioritized delivery of the highly-publicized MS06-040 patch. But they aren't providing any more details about the slowdown.

August 15, 2006 by in Security

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