Many in the IT field hold mixed feelings about Windows Vista, but it's a useful tool nonetheless. Some of our articles engage in this debate, "Hated Windows Vista? Will You Love Windows 7" and "Why I Hate Vista" to name a couple. We also have some useful guides on how to backup Vista, and how to make Vista run faster.
IT certification can be complicated. This guide will help you understand the differences between the certification paths, why you should get certified, and which exams to take first.
Windows 7 has been on the market for quite some time now. While Windows 7 is considered by many to be a huge improvement from the loathed Vista, here are some long dues criticisms of the Microsoft operating system.
Windows Vista may have been the least well received operating system since Microsoft Bob. While there were many common elements among the reasons people hated Vista, at times it seemed like no matter what the feature, and no matter how it was implemented, someone hated it with the fire of a thousand suns. So far, [...]
Are you preparing for your 70-620 MCTS: Configuring Microsoft Windows Vista Client certification exam? Great! Today we’ll get our hands dirty with an actual Vista installation — which means that I want you to install Vista to get some practice. I’ll review the high level details of performing a clean installation of Vista on a [...]
We’ve been taking a closer look at MCTS Exam 70-622 — Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Windows Vista Client for Enterprise Support Technicians. We have already tackled the 70-622 certification requirements and taken a closer look at the first skill needed for the exam: Deploying Windows Vista. I gave you detailed information on how [...]
There are a number of Vista certification exams that you can take. One popular choice is exam 70-622: Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Windows Vista Client for Enterprise Support Technicians I have already outlined the 70-622 exam in one of my previous articles, where I provided an overview of the skills needed for the [...]
A while back I posted an article about the MCTS Windows Vista, Configuration Certification (exam 70-620). I outlined the details of the exam and the profile of skills needed, both theory and practical. Today we are going to review the Installing and Upgrading Windows Vista section of the 70-620 exam. More specifically, I’m going to [...]
Macs are becoming more and more prevalent, and there can be times when you need to be able to share files between your Mac and your PC. As a follow up to my articles on setting up a small home network, let’s talk about sharing files between Leopard and Vista. Today we’ll discuss accessing shared [...]
Vista Sales Still Down, and Microsoft Knows It! Vista sales since its first release date have never been what Microsoft anticipated. Microsoft thought that this is going to be the most popular Operating System yet — with a new look, new features, awesome security, etc. Unfortunately as soon as Vista came out problems started arising. We’re [...]
Many of you will agree with me that Vista experience just sucks. Today I’d like to talk about why I don’t like Vista and I’ll also list some improvements in Windows 7 that will solve some of the annoying Vista issues. • Vista is So Slow You install Vista, then you wait for [...]
Those of us perpetual learners started wondering about Windows 7 certifications as soon as we got the beta in our hands. Unfortunately, the wait has just begun. The Born to Learn blog revealed that development on three Windows 7 certifications has begun. Here are the three new Windows 7 exam names: 70-680, TS: Windows 7, [...]
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet did a performance test pitting the different Microsoft operating system against each other. He wanted to see how the different Windows 7 builds would compare to Vista and XP. This unofficial performance competition was done knowing that Microsoft’s latest OS is still in beta, but the author thought it would be [...]
Vista SP2 and Windows Server SP2 — So Happy Together Much of the hubbub about Windows Vista has quieted down since Microsoft largely abandoned the product to refocus the court of public opinion on its re-branded Windows 7 OS instead. But, what many users, and unbiased commentators, have been noticing is that SP1 for Vista [...]
Hello everyone and welcome back to the Certification Series! Last week I posted an introduction to Exam 70-620 Configuring Vista Client where we looked at the details and skills needed for the exam and some certification information. I’ll be posting more detailed information on the skills needed for that exam sometime in the near future, [...]
Remember the old days of using NTBackup to backup your computer? It had its pros and cons, but nonetheless it got the job done. Ever wish it had a way to backup your whole computer instead of just individual files? With Vista’s new Backup Utility you can make a complete PC backup, and/or backup individual [...]
Hello everyone and welcome to the Certification Series! Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting articles pertaining to some of the new certification exams that are available from Microsoft and the newer certifications that have released as part of the Vista and Windows Server 2008 learning tracks. I’ll provide you with a mainstream overview [...]
The performance of Vista compared to XP is slow, but you can improve Vista’s performance with a few proven tips and tricks. Here are 7 easy ways to make your Vista machine run faster and improve overall performance.
When Microsoft released the Windows Vista operating system to retail customers in January 2007, it was met by a wave of ambivalence and doubt. However, Vista was not unique in this regard. Business Week’s October 25, 2001 “Special Report” on Windows XP was titled “Not-So-Great XPectations”. But, unlike XP’s eventual march onto the computers of [...]
Microsoft has maintained since the launch of Vista that the operating system is a robust and stable platform for most users and that the issues with it have been over-hyped by the media and the Web 2.0 universe. We discussed the main reasons people hate Windows Vista earlier and it is true that many of [...]
The System Configuration Utility – MSConfig – is a favorite of most pc users for a number of reasons. You can disable startup items and services, change boot options, and launch troubleshooting and configuration tools. Microsoft didn’t disappoint us with the newest version of MSConfig in Vista. They have made it simpler and more concise, [...]