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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How to get sued by Microsoft

How to get sued by Microsoft

Everyone knows that if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. But that doesn't stop shady resellers from offering Windows XP at eye-popping prices with a plausible sounding story that even suckered one leading Windows newsletter. It's a great deal, until you end up in court.

April 29, 2007 by in Windows

Microsoft hits a home run with Windows Home Server

Microsoft hits a home run with Windows Home Server

Almost without exception, the first reaction when people hear that Microsoft is working on Windows Home Server is, "Why would I want that?" After they see it, the first reaction is much simpler: "I want that." In this post and accompanying image gallery, I supply details about why you'll want Windows Home Server on your home network.

April 26, 2007 by in Servers

Vista Hands On #16: A smarter way to manage System Restore space

Vista Hands On #16: A smarter way to manage System Restore space

When a Windows tip becomes popular, it spreads through the community like wildfire. Case in point: I've seen at least 10 sites this week echo a tip that shows how to use an obscure command-line tool to trim the amount of disk space Windows Vista sets aside for System Restore. But is this good advice? Before you start chopping, make sure you understand the facts and the alternatives.

April 24, 2007 by in Hardware

The final word on Vista startup times

The final word on Vista startup times

As I’ve pointed out in the previous two installments of this series, a properly configured, well-maintained Windows Vista installation should start up in a reasonable amount of time. I've condensed the lessons I learned from several days of concentrated testing into four basic principles.

April 18, 2007 by in Windows

More details about Vista's startup times

More details about Vista's startup times

Is Windows Vista really slow to start up? Over the weekend, I played lab rat again, clicking a stopwatch over and over agin to measure startup times on a room full of Windows PCs. Is Vista really faster than XP? The results surprised even me.

April 16, 2007 by in Windows

Is Vista really slow to start up?

Is Vista really slow to start up?

According to a handful of guys on the Internet, Vista is slower than a Commodore 64 to start up. Oh really? On my test machine, I needed a stopwatch to measure the difference in startup times. So what's the real problem?

April 11, 2007 by in Windows

Vista Hands On #14: Access shared folders from a Linux machine, part 1

Vista Hands On #14: Access shared folders from a Linux machine, part 1

Last week, I explained how to create a connection on a computer running Windows Vista to access a shared folder (or directory) on a Linux machine. Today, I show how to connect from a Linux machine Linux machine to a shared folder on a PC running Windows Vista. Changes in the architecture of Windows Vista make it more difficult to connect to Vista shares from Linux machines, but there are some straightforward workarounds.

April 1, 2007 by in Windows

Why does Linux hate me?

Why does Linux hate me?

Last year, I tried installing Linux, with less than encouraging results. This past weekend I tried again, with hardware that's about as generic as you can get, using up-to-date versions of the two most popular distros I could find. So why didn't it work?

March 27, 2007 by in Windows

A Vista driver case study

A Vista driver case study

One reason for the slow rate of adoption of Vista is hardware manufacturers dragging their feet with updated drivers. Finding information about scheduled release dates is tough, and even when you can find it, there's no guarantee it's accurate. Today's case study: Fujitsu.

March 23, 2007 by in Windows

The sorry state of security software

The sorry state of security software

Over the years, I’ve made no secret of my distrust of the Windows security software industry. With the security tools in Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Vista, an alert Windows user is protected from the overwhelming majority of security threats and has to actively participate in any plot to infect his or her PC. That’s bad news for the ringleaders of the security software racket, who want to keep you afraid so you’ll buy more stuff from them. The latest examples include security software that makes your system unusable, and one that detects Apple's QuickTime as a "high-risk parasite."

March 21, 2007 by in Security

What would you like to see in Vista Power Toys?

What would you like to see in Vista Power Toys?

Starting with Tweak UI for Windows 95, Microsoft has a long tradition of releasing geeky utilities that quickly become essentials for Windows power users. Now that Vista has been out for a few months, the first batch of power toys can't be far behind. I'm starting a list of ideas on the chance that someone at Microsoft is looking for some inspiration. Add your suggestions here.

March 18, 2007 by in Windows

The best and worst Windows versions ever

The best and worst Windows versions ever

By my count, Microsoft has released at least 10 distinct versions of Windows since 1990. Some evoke fond memories, some not so much. Which version was the best, and which was the worst? (Hint: They were released within a year of each other.) Read my ratings and then add your own.

March 15, 2007 by in Windows

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