Ed Bott

Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications.

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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


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


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


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


Virtual Vista Q and A

I'm still trying to understand the confusing new licensing terms that affect how and when you can run Windows Vista within a virtual machine. In the interests of clarity, I sent a list of questions to Microsoft and received prompt, direct answers from Microsoft Director Scott Woodgate. If you're interested in virtualization, this is must-read information.

October 18, 2006 by


Virtual insanity in Redmond

Whoever's writing Microsoft's new license agreements needs to spend some time in a remedial English course. The spin artists of Redmond have issued another "clarification" of their latest restrictions on using Vista with virtual hardware. It's terrible news for a small but influential group of Windows users.

October 17, 2006 by


Get facts, not spin, about Vista's new license

Last week I documented a change in the terms of the retail Windows Vista license that will directly impact hobbyists and enthusiasts. Paul Thurrott spoke to a Microsoft product manager who says it's just a "clarification." That's a remarkable bit of historical revisionism and a major change in what Microsoft has been telling its customers for five years. But don't take my word or Paul's - go read the supporting documents for yourself.

October 16, 2006 by


No, there's no ban on virtual Vista

Some analysts who've looked at Microsoft's new Vista license think it bans the use of certain Vista versions in any virtual machine. They're wrong. In fact, the new Vista license doesn't take away any virtual rights and gives some Windows users rights they've never had before.

October 13, 2006 by


A sneaky change in Windows licensing terms

Microsoft just released the licensing agreements for Windows Vista, and I read them carefully. Buried in the fine print is a dramatic change in licensing terms from the Windows XP versions. Think you can transfer a retail Windows license to any machine you want? Think again.

October 11, 2006 by


Windows Update broken again?

Two months ago, I documented widespread problems with Microsoft's update servers. No problem, they said. Everything's perfectly normal. Today, those same servers are offline and technical teams are "working around the clock" to fix them. Hmmm.

October 10, 2006 by