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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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

Vista Hands On #12: Manage partitions after setup

Vista Hands On #12: Manage partitions after setup

Earlier this week I explained how to create separate system and data volumes when setting up Windows Vista from scratch. Today, I'll explain how to accomplish the same goal on a system where Windows Vista is already set up - no third-party software required.

March 14, 2007 by in Windows

Slow start for Vista? So what else is new?

Slow start for Vista? So what else is new?

Businesses don't want to upgrade. Hardware makers are dragging their feet producing compatible drivers. Windows users are sticking with the old version because the new one isn't all that different. Sound familiar? This month's Vista predictions are ripped straight from the headlines in the late 1990s.

March 14, 2007 by in Windows

Vista Hands On #11: Manage partitions during setup

Vista Hands On #11: Manage partitions during setup

Earlier in this series, I recommended separating Windows system files and user data on separate drives for maximum security. But what if you have only a single drive? Then use the next best option and divide that drive into two separate volumes, one for system and program files and the other for data. The good news is that you can easily set up this configuration using partition-management tools that are available during Vista setup. with no third-party software required.

March 13, 2007 by in Windows

A WGA success story

A WGA success story

What happens when you take your PC in for repairs to a major national computer retailer? Despite paying premium prices, you might not get premium service. In fact, as I discovered this week, you might wind up with a PC full of bootleg software and more troubles than you bargained for.

March 9, 2007 by in Windows

Vista Hands On #10: Manage wireless networks

Vista Hands On #10: Manage wireless networks

I’m traveling this week with a year-old Tablet PC running a fresh copy of Windows Vista Business, so it’s a good time to focus on some of Vista’s mobility features. In today's Vista Hands On installment, I discuss Vista’s tools for managing wireless connections.

March 7, 2007 by in Networking

Vista Hands On #9: Use Vista for four months, free

Vista Hands On #9: Use Vista for four months, free

Looking for real Windows Vista secrets? Everyone knows you can install Windows Vista in evaluation mode for 30 days and reset the countdown timer three times, giving you a free evaluation period of 120 days. The trouble is, you have to remember to type the magic command every 30 days or you're deactivated. Unless you know the real secret, which uses another Windows feature to automate the process. I've got the never-before-published details here.

March 1, 2007 by in Windows

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