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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Thinking of buying a Shuttle PC? Think again...

Thinking of buying a Shuttle PC? Think again...

Whatever happened to my project to compare the leading PC-based digital media platforms? Shuttle happened, that's what. Shuttle Computer is justly famous among Media Center enthusiasts for its sleek small-form-factor designs, but its support is inexcusably bad. Here's why I'll never buy another Shuttle PC.

December 26, 2006 by in Hardware

With some reviewers, Microsoft can't win

With some reviewers, Microsoft can't win

Last year, one prominent technology journalist complained - loudly, in America's newspaper of record - when the hard drive on his Windows PC crashed and some of his important files were lost. The new Backup program in Windows Vista would have saved the day for him. So why is he complaining about it?

December 19, 2006 by in Windows

A year's worth of Windows Vista images

A year's worth of Windows Vista images

In preparation for my obligatory end-of-year review/prediction posts, I've been reviewing ZDNet's collection of Windows Vista image galleries from 2006. You'd think we've shown everything there is to see, wouldn't you?

December 17, 2006 by in Windows

How about a really bold Windows Vista prediction?

How about a really bold Windows Vista prediction?

Gartner boldly predicts that Vista is the last big Windows release ever. Oh, now that's daring. I connected a few extra dots and have a bolder prediction. What if Microsoft carved Windows up into pieces that didn't have to run on Windows at all?

December 14, 2006 by in Windows

Windows Vista's 30-day report card

Windows Vista's 30-day report card

It's been a month since Microsoft released Windows Vista to manufacturing. That same week, I upgraded three heavily used machines in this household to the final build. So, how have they done? Each upgrade has a different story to tell, as it turns out. Here are some preliminary observations.

December 6, 2006 by in Windows

64-bit desktop on hold?

64-bit desktop on hold?

Microsoft is pushing full speed ahead on its plans to convert its servers to 64-bit technology. But the same can't be said on the desktop side. Even though every edition of Windows Vista is available in a 64-bit version, none of the retail boxes will contain those bits. So what's holding back the transition?

November 25, 2006 by in Windows

How does the performance rating work?

How does the performance rating work?

From Ed's mailbag: When you install Windows Vista, it runs a System Assessment Tool and gives your computer a performance rating called the Windows Experience Index. What does that number mean? What kind of hardware gets a perfect score

November 15, 2006 by in Windows

Will Windows Vista be worth the wait?

Will Windows Vista be worth the wait?

It's been a long and winding road, but Windows Vista is finally released to manufacturing. You'll no doubt be overwhelmed with coverage of the minutiae of Windows Vista in the next few days and weeks, but focusing on the road behind or on pixel-by-pixel inspections is a waste of time. After nearly a year of working with Windows Vista day in and day out in production environments, I've come up with three questions that every Windows user needs to ask about Windows Vista.

November 8, 2006 by in Windows

Microsoft and Novell in Windows-Linux deal?

Microsoft and Novell in Windows-Linux deal?

The Wall Street Journal says Microsoft and Novell are about to announce a joint sales and development agreement to make Windows and Linux work more smoothly together. Given the long and sometimes acrimonious history between the two companies, this is encouraging news.

November 2, 2006 by in Linux

Microsoft changes Vista license terms

Microsoft changes Vista license terms

Who says Microsoft doesn't listen? Three weeks ago, when the new license terms for Windows Vista were officially release, one change set off an avalanche of feedback from the enthusiast community. Today, Microsoft rewrote that part of the license agreement. Individual users can now transfer a retail license from one PC to another or upgrade an existing computer without fear of being forced to pay again.

November 2, 2006 by in Windows

10 tips and tweaks for Vista experts

10 tips and tweaks for Vista experts

Last month, I published 10 tweaks for Windows Vista RC1. It got a good response, but it also drew some complaints. "Too basic," said some critics. "And hey, those aren't all tweaks." OK, fair enough. To satisfy the critics (you know who you are), I present 10 expert tweaks for Windows Vista RC2. No beginner-level stuff here, and I've clearly labeled which are tips and which are tweaks.

October 29, 2006 by in Windows

The return of PC Relocator

The return of PC Relocator

Back in March, Microsoft purchased Apptimum, Inc., maker of Alohabob PC Relocator and other PC-to-PC migration products. This week, the first hints appeared that those products are about to return, just in time for the launch of Windows Vista.

October 25, 2006 by in Windows

Who's got the best seat in the digital living room?

Who's got the best seat in the digital living room?

A lot of hardware and software companies, including Microsoft, are betting big bucks that they can take over the living room and be your hub for digital media. So who are the contenders? I've been looking at the digital media landscape for the past year and have narrowed the list to a handful of big players. The first in a three-part series compares features.

October 25, 2006 by in Hardware

Internet Explorer security FUD

Internet Explorer security FUD

The day after Microsoft releases IE7, a security firm revives an old vulnerability report, rushes out a press release, and cues a predictable wave of gloating and "I told you so's". A closer look reveals that maybe there's not so much to gloat about after all.

October 19, 2006 by in Security

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