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XP Pro: Scheduling disk defragging

One small but very welcome improvement in Windows XP Professional over Windows 2000 Professional is the ability to run the disk defragmenter through the command line.

XP Pro: Put the fast boot into XP

One of the more attractive features of Windows XP is how quickly it boots up. Microsoft claims that some parts of the bootup process are four to five times faster than under Windows 2000, and has set design goals that sees the system resume from Stan...

XP Pro: Disaster and Dynamic Disks

From this month this column will feature advice, tips and tricks on getting the most from Windows XP Professional. Of course, in order to migrate my Windows 2000 column to a Windows XP Professional one, I naturally needed to upgrade my workstation to...

Windows 2000: Basic disk management

As with other Windows variants, it pays to figure out how to manage Windows 2000 Professional disk storage. You need to manage space effectively and to keep the file system in good shape by defragmenting it (yes, even NTFS volumes).

Windows 2000: Scripting solutions

When it comes to scripting, Windows 2000 offers plenty of choices. Scripting is, in simple terms, the use of an interpreted programming language to automate repetitive tasks, and even build small applications.

Windows 2000: Take command of CMD

Although Windows 2000 is a GUI-driven operating system, there are times when it's quicker and easier to fire up a character-mode CMD command interpreter (click Start-Run and type cmd in the dialogue box).

Windows 2000: Time is of the essence

Accurate time-keeping is extremely important to Windows 2000, partly because the default authentication protocol, Kerberos, uses the system clock on the workstation to generate the authentication tickets.

Working with Service Packs and Hotfixes

Microsoft's products have a tendency to start out immature, and only really come into their own after a slew of Service Packs (SPs). Windows 2000 has been much better than its predecessor, Windows NT 4, and is quite usable straight from release code.

Windows 2000 - EFS keeps your files secure on the road

Unlike Windows NT 4, Windows 2000 Professional is very popular with mobile users. This is due to advanced power management support, a robust file system that survives inadvertent shutdowns, and much better remote access capabilities than Windows 9x.

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