Thursday, March 19, 2009

[TechRepublic] Tips to speed up XP defrag

March 19, 2009
Tips to speed up defrag operations in Windows XP
You can speed up a defrag operation in Windows XP by restarting the system beforehand. Greg Shultz reveals this defrag performance tip and a registry edit that can further increase performance.


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Return Windows Search results within a date range with advanced feature
Greg Shultz introduces you to Vista's Advanced Query Syntax and shows you how to use it in conjunction with Windows Search to search for a particular file, or a set of files, that you know were created between a certain set of dates.

Automate custom Vista installs with vLite
Dino Nuhagic's vLite version 1.2, used in conjunction with Microsoft's Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK), is a powerful software tool that allows you to create a customized Windows Vista installation disc(s).

How do I... Create an installation flash drive for Windows 7?
Steven Warren shows you a no nonsense approach to creating a flash key drive that you can use to install the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.

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Windows-based network quality of service primer
Managing network QoS can be difficult for networks where limited IT staff and equipment is available. IT pro Rick Vanover shows one approach to QoS through Group Policy.

Poll: Which of the following reasons most often leads you to prevent programs from running when Windows starts?
Have you prevented programs from running when Windows starts? In your experience, which reason is most-often behind your efforts? Take our Windows Vista startup programs poll and let us know.

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