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Topic: Power User

Because developers are power users, too: How to hack and master every part of XP.

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Windows Wireless LAN Security Primer (Windows DevCenter)
If you've got a wireless Windows network, you're at risk. This primer gives you a great introduction to what you need to know to keep it safe.

Implementing and Understanding DHCP (Windows DevCenter)
Setting up DHCP on tens, hundreds, and even thousands of computers can be daunting. Here's how to do it easily with Windows Server 2003.

Installing and Configuring ISA 2006 (Windows DevCenter)
Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA) 2006, Microsoft's latest release of its popular web proxy and security suite, has become a full-blown perimeter security solution for both small and large networks. Chris Sanders shows you how to set it up and configure it for best performance.

Tuning Virtual Server for Maximum Performance (Windows DevCenter)
If you deploy Microsoft Virtual Server in a production environment, the performance of the virtual machines running on it becomes increasingly important. Chris Sanders shows how to tune it up for maximum performance.

Cleaning Up Your Disk Drives in Windows Vista (Windows DevCenter)
Your PC's hard disk fills up fast with junk, gunk, and extraneous files. In this excerpt from Windows Vista: The Definitive Guide William R. Stanek shows you how to clean it up fast.

Five Things You Need to Know About Virtual Server (Windows DevCenter)
Microsoft Virtual Server lets you consolidate servers, better control security, and set up a more flexible testing environment. In this article, Chris Sanders explains how it works--and how to set it up.

Six Top Tips for Hacking Windows Vista (Windows DevCenter)
Windows Vista is finally here--time to get hacking! Preston Gralla, author of Windows Vista in a Nutshell, shares six of his favorite hacks for bending the new operating system to your will.

The Five Best and Worst Things About Vista (Windows DevCenter)
After five years, Windows Vista is finally here. What's good and what's bad about it? Preston Gralla, author of Windows Vista in a Nutshell, tells you five things you'll love and five things you'll hate about Vista.

Build Your Own Media Center PC, Part 2 (Windows DevCenter)
Windows Media Center turns your ordinary PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center to watch and record TV programs, play DVDs, listen to music, share your digital photos, and more. In this second part of a two-part series, Wei Meng-Lee shows you how to assemble the PC and watch and record TV.

Build Your Own Media Center PC, Part 1 (Windows DevCenter)
Windows Media Center turns your ordinary PC into an all-in-one home entertainment center to watch and record TV programs, play DVDs, listen to music, share your digital photos, and more. In this first part of a two-part article, Wei Meng-Lee shows you how to build a Media Center PC from scratch.

Using Offline Files (Windows DevCenter)
Mobile users need access to their personal files, even when disconnected from the network--and offline files let them do just that. Mitch Tulloch and Chris Sanders show you the ins and outs of setting up and using offline files.

Top 10 Tips for Using Windows PowerShell (Windows DevCenter)
PowerShell is Microsoft's newest replacement for the command line, and it's far more powerful than any command-line prompt Microsoft has given us before. Starting to learn it, unfortunately, can be a bit overwhelming. Jeff Cogswell offers his top 10 tips for getting the most out of it.

Inside Look: Internet Explorer 7, Beta 2 (Windows DevCenter)
The long-awaited Beta 2 of IE 7 is finally here. What's new, good, and better? Wei-Meng Lee gives you a guided tour and an inside look.

Defining a Baseline Audit Policy (Windows DevCenter)
It's vital that you create a baseline audit policy to audit for security events on critical systems. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, helps you define the best audit policies for Windows Server 2003 server roles.

Watching Ports with Port Reporter (Windows DevCenter)
Here's another cool tool from Redmond. It monitors port usage for security reasons and for troubleshooting network connectivity problems. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, shows you where to get it and how to make the most out of it.

Using Log Parser 2.2 (Windows DevCenter)
Log Parser is one cool tool, and it can help you analyze all kinds of logs with ease. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, shows you where to get it and how to make the most of it.

Is This Security Alert Really from Microsoft? (Windows DevCenter)
An excellent way to get information about Windows updates is via email with Microsoft Technical Security Notification Services. But how do you know what's real and what's a spoof? Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, shows you.

Easy Scripting (Windows DevCenter)
Windows scripts are far more powerful than mere batch files--and much harder to use as well. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, gives you hard-won advice on how to more easily create scripts, and offers many helpful resources.

Run Multiple OSes with Virtual PC and VMware Workstation (Windows DevCenter)
Need to run multiple operating systems on your PC? Virtual OSes are the way to go. J.W. Olsen gives you the lowdown on Virtual PC and VMware Workstation.

Powering Up Terminal Services with Service Pack 1 (Windows DevCenter)
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 includes useful enhancements to Terminal Services. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, has details and offers tips on how to make the best use of them.

Using the Security Configuration Wizard (Windows DevCenter)
One of the enhancements in Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003 is the new Security Configuration Wizard (SCW), a tool designed to help admins secure their servers against attack. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, shows you what it does, how it works, and how you can use it.

Using Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool (Windows DevCenter)
The Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool can rid your PC of malware, even if you're already protected by antivirus software. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, shows you the ins and outs of how to use it.

A Look at Google Web Accelerator (Windows DevCenter)
The beta of Google Web Accelerator was released to great fanfare, and then quickly pulled. Does it actually work--and what are the privacy implications? Jake Ludington gives you the inside scoop.

Some Useful Scripts from Readers (Windows DevCenter)
Readers often offer the best advice for nagging problems. In this article, Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, shares reader scripts for remotely enabling Remote Desktop, and controlling a default printer in a roaming profile.

Which Is the Best Desktop Search Tool? (Windows DevCenter)
There are plenty of desktop search tools out there--but which one is the best? Jake Ludington puts Google Desktop Search, Windows Desktop Search, and Copernic Desktop Search through their paces, and tells you his top choice.

How to Boost XP Performance (Windows DevCenter)
PC feeling a bit sluggish? It's not tough to juice up its performance. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, shows you how to do it in a few easy steps.

Copy Scheduled Tasks to Remote Machines (Windows DevCenter)
There are times when for ease and security reasons, you'll want to schedule a task to run on a remote PC. Where to begin? Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, gives you step-by-step instructions for getting it done.

Finding an Application's Registry Keys (Windows DevCenter)
How can you find out which registry values you need to deploy for a third-party or in-house app you want to manage using Group Policy? Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, gives you the rundown on how to do it easily.

Adding Custom Buttons to Internet Explorer (Windows DevCenter)
Have you ever wanted to extend the Internet Explorer toolbar by adding your own buttons? It's not that tough to do. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, walks you through it in a few easy steps.

More Windows Explorer Hacks (Windows DevCenter)
Face it, XP's Windows Explorer can use a lot of help for doing even the most basic things, such as copying files. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, is back with another set of hacks to power it up.

Automating Desktop Tasks in XP (Windows DevCenter)
Tired of repeating the same mouse clicks and keystrokes for basic tasks you do every day? It's time to automate them. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, tells you about five great tools that can do it for you.

Using DFS for Software Installation (Windows DevCenter)
The Distributed File System (DFS) component of Windows Server 2003 is a powerful tool that can ease the task of deploying and maintaining applications using Group Policy's Software Installation feature. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, gives you tips on how to power it up.

Understanding Local Group Policy (Windows DevCenter)
The little-known Local Group Policy can be a powerful tool for network administration. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, shows you how to get the most out of it.

Deploying Microsoft Office Using Group Policy (Windows DevCenter)
Before you deploy Microsoft Office on a big network using Group Policy, you need to be aware of gotchas. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, shows you the best way to do it.

Customizing Local Security Policies (Windows DevCenter)
Want to harden server security? Customizing the Security Options policies of Group Policy is a great way to go. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, shows you the best way to do it.

Powering Up Administrative Templates (Windows DevCenter)
In this second installment of a two-part article, Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, shows you how to get the most out of using administrative templates.

Understanding Administrative Templates (Windows DevCenter)
Administrative templates are a key management component of Group Policy on Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, shows you how they work and how to use them.

Optimizing Windows Startup (Windows DevCenter)
Tired of waiting for what seems like an eternity while XP loads after you turn on your PC? Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, shows you how to speed up XP startup in no time.

Using Extensions in Firefox (Windows DevCenter)
The Firefox browser has a lot going for it, and one of its best traits is its ability to use extensions that add to its features. Wei-Meng Lee, author of Windows XP Unwired, shows you how to find and install them, and clues you in to his favorites.

Best Outlook Add-Ins and Helpers (Windows DevCenter)
If you want to get the most out of Outlook, you need add-ins and helpers. J.W. Olsen takes a look at three of the best and gives you the lowdown on each.

Internet Explorer Toolbar Wars (Windows DevCenter)
Any self-respecting search site seems to have a toolbar these days. Which one is the best? J.W. Olsen investigates and lets you know.

Power Up the Windows Clipboard (Windows DevCenter)
The Windows Clipboard is about as useless a utility as you can imagine. Throw it away and replace it with one of these clipboard power tools.

Understanding WinFX in Longhorn (Windows DevCenter)
Longhorn is still in pre-beta, but it's time to get ready for developing apps for it. Wei-Meng Lee, author of Windows XP Unwired, gives a rundown about the APIs that developers will use to write the next generation of Windows applications.

Top Three Windows RSS Readers (Windows DevCenter)
Which are the best RSS readers out there? Wei-Meng Lee picks his favorites and gives you guided tours of them all.

Surf the Web Anonymously (Windows DevCenter)
When you surf the Web, your life is an open book, open to anyone who wants to look. J.W. Olsen looks at two anonymous surfing programs that promise to fix the problem.

Easily Purge Spyware, Adware, and Other Malware (Windows DevCenter)
Think you're protected against spyware? Most likely you're not. J.W. Olsen reviews two of the best spyware killers you'll find anywhere: Ad-aware and Spybot.

SnagIt: The Ultimate Screen Capture Program (Windows DevCenter)
Need to capture screens in Windows? Forget the built-in Print Screen feature -- it's just about useless. Instead, get SnagIt, the ultimate screen capture program.

A First Look at Longhorn (Windows DevCenter)
Longhorn is still in pre-beta, but we've got the goods on it. Wei-Meng Lee, author of Windows XP Unwired, gives you a guided tour through the new-generation operating system's interface and features.

An Inside Look at XP SP2 (Windows DevCenter)
The first real beta of SP2, Release Candidate 1, is finally out. Final release is only a few months away. Is it ready for prime time? And what's inside? Wei-Meng Lee gives you an inside look.

Perfect Text Editors for Coders (Windows DevCenter)
Tired of wimpy and all-but-useless Notepad and WordPad? Get the three best text editors on the planet with special features for coders -- and they're all free or shareware.

Kill Internet Ads with HOSTS and PAC Files (Windows DevCenter)
You don't need special software to kill ads and objectionable Internet content -- just use the power built right into the Windows browser.

Power Up Internet Explorer with Three Shells (Windows DevCenter)
Supercharge Internet Explorer with one of three wrappers. Once you use them, you won't be able to imagine how you got along without them.

Windows Error Reporting Under the Covers (Windows DevCenter)
The WER system can evoke fears about invasion of privacy and misuse of data, but there is little cause for worry. The benefits are huge for both end-users and developers, and the danger is miniscule.

Setting Up a Virtual Private Network (Windows DevCenter)
What to do if you want to securely access your network when you're out of the office? The quickest and safest way is to set up a VPN. Wei-Meng Lee shows you how to do it.

Shooting the Windows Messenger Service (Windows DevCenter)
On November 6, the Federal Trade Commission took the unusual step of convincing a U.S. District Court to issue a temporary restraining order shutting down a spamming company for using the Windows Messenger Service to deliver unwanted pop-ups. In this article, Preston Gralla shows you how you can permanently solve this pop-up problem in XP by disabling the Windows Messenger Service, a hack he also covers in his book, Windows XP Hacks.

Five More Annoying PC Annoyances (Windows DevCenter)
Steve Bass, the author of PC Annoyances, bumped into more Windows, Office, Internet, email, and hardware irritations than he could include in the book. So, rather than waste them, he's included some of them on our web site. Here are five bonus PC annoyances, and Steve's fix for each.

Hacking Windows XP, Part 2 (Windows DevCenter)
In this week's batch of sample hacks from Windows XP Hacks, find out how to hack the Registry to improve the Context Menu; how to surf anonymously without a trace; and how to tweak DNS settings to gain faster Internet access.

Hacking Windows XP (Windows DevCenter)
In these two hacks excerpted from Windows XP Hacks, author Preston Gralla walks through how to shorten the time it takes for your desktop to appear when you turn on your PC (and make XP shut down faster as well), and how to use some of Preston's favorite Registry hacks to make nifty interface changes.


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