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Setting Parental Controls in Windows 7
By Katherine Murray
Mar 20, 2012
Katherine Murray shows you how to set up parental controls for kids of all ages on your Windows 7 PC.
Do You Really Need Windows 8?
By Michael Miller
Mar 19, 2012
Michael Miller provides a preview of what’s new in Windows 8, and asks if users really need or want this new version of Microsoft’s ubiquitous operating system.
Remote Control Software Solves "Friends and Family" Support Issues
By Ed Tittel
Jan 10, 2012
In this lively autobiographical article, Ed Tittel describes his long-distance quest to help his father diagnose and fix computer issues.
Managing Restore Points in Windows 7
By Ed Tittel
Dec 27, 2011
On a Windows 7 system drive, you may be surprised to find that restore points can consume anywhere from 5 to 15 percent of total drive space. Ed Tittel shows you how to keep them under control.
Slim Down Your Windows 7 System Drive for Notebook SSD Migration
By Ed Tittel
Dec 13, 2011
Ed Tittel shows how to make the switch from a traditional hard drive to an SSD.
Programming Drivers for the Kernel Mode Driver Framework
By Ronald D. Reeves, Ph.D.
Dec 7, 2011
Ron Reeves showcases some of the details of creating a Kernel Mode Driver using the Kernel Mode Driver Framework.
Running Windows on Your Mac
By Robyn Ness
Nov 28, 2011
The Mac’s capability to actually run Windows applications is just another reason to love Mac OS X’s versatility. This chapter shows how it's done.
Kernel Mode Driver Framework for Windows 7 Drivers
By Ronald D. Reeves, Ph.D.
Nov 16, 2011
Ronald D. Reeves, Ph.D. discusses the Kernel Mode Driver Framework (KMDF), which is one of the major frameworks supplied by Microsoft to make the driver writer’s life much easier.
Windows 8 Platform Preview Navigation Tips and Tricks
By Timothy L. Warner
Nov 15, 2011
IT expert and author Tim Warner shares the most common Windows 8 navigation shortcuts to get you up to speed as quickly as possible.
Arranging Your Work Area in Windows 8 Metro
By Katherine Murray
Nov 11, 2011
Katherine Murray gives us a look at the Windows 8 developer preview, showing how to launch and display apps, cycle through open programs, display a list of running apps, and use Snap to position more than one program on the screen at a time using touch, mouse, and keyboard.
Search Everything Runs Rings Around Windows Search
By Ed Tittel
Nov 10, 2011
Ed Tittel explains that, as good as Windows Search may be, the freeware search engine from Voidtools known as Search Everything beats the pants off built-in Windows Search, both in terms of speed and the performance hit on your system.
Navigating in Windows 8 with Touch and Keyboard
By Katherine Murray
Nov 9, 2011
Katherine Murray introduces readers to the new Metro UI in the Windows 8 developer preview.
Easy Sharing in Windows 8
By Katherine Murray
Nov 7, 2011
Katherine Murray lets us peek at app-to-app sharing in the Windows 8 developer preview and introduces Windows 8 charms, which will help us to do more with the data and apps in Windows 8.
Programming Drivers for the UMDF
By Ronald D. Reeves, Ph.D.
Sep 28, 2011
Ron Reeves looks at programming a sample device driver.
Dealing with Fallout from Windows Update
By Ed Tittel
Sep 19, 2011
Ed Tittel explains how to handle the occasional wobbles that sometimes follow in the wake of Windows Update.
How to Capture a Screenshot in Windows 7
By Michael Miller
Aug 31, 2011
How do you take a picture of your computer screen? Michael Miller shows you how to capture a snapshot of any Windows 7 screen or window.
Programming Approach for UMDF Windows 7 Device Drivers
By Ronald D. Reeves, Ph.D.
Aug 25, 2011
Ron Reeves looks at the programming approach for developing Windows 7 UMDF drivers.
Six Free Remote Desktop and Assistance Solutions
By Eric Geier
Aug 18, 2011
Remote-desktopping can be a godsend when you’re working with a team or assisting someone miles away. Eric Geier introduces you to six free different remote desktop solutions.
User Mode Driver Framework for Windows 7 Drivers
By Ronald D. Reeves, Ph.D.
Jul 18, 2011
Before writing a User Mode Driver you must understand the basics of the UMDF architecture. Ron Reeves looks at the overall block diagram of the UMDF, and at the major activity: the I/O flow for the UMDF.
System Protection in Windows 7
By Eric Geier
Jun 30, 2011
System Protection is a feature available in all Windows 7 editions that helps protect your system and personal files. Eric Geier walks you through the two functions of System Protection and shows you how to use them.

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