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A collection of various knowledgebase articles dealing with Microsoft Windows

How to shrink or expand a partition in Windows Vista

This article explains how to shrink an existing drive partition (with data on it), using the built in tools provided with Windows Vista. In older times, if you wanted to resize an existing partition with data on it, you would have to use third party utilities such as Partition Magic, Symantec Ghost. Proprietary third party programs like these are expensive and usually take longer than our method. There are free disk imaging alternatives such as Gparted and DriveImage, but again those all are time consuming as well.

How to change Windows screen resolution using a command line

Have you ever gotten into a situation where your windows screen resolution gets altered unexpectedly? You try and fix it by going to display manger, but the display is so huge (screen resolution is set so small), that you can't even see the OK button because it won't fit on your monitor? What can you do now? You can try using your keyboard and try tabbing to it, but you would have to second guess how many tabs you need.

What is Network Access Quarantine Control in Windows Server 2003

The Network Access Quarantine Control in Windows prohibits network access to a private network unless the machine connecting to the network is validated against certain preset conditions. These conditions are checked by an administrator approved script, this is typically enforced by Internet Authentication Service (IAS) and / or Remote Access Servers (RAS)

How to change your Windows XP product key when you suspect piracy

Lately I came across a situation where I had to re-install Windows XP on machine from scratch using an OEM install CD, I had an OEM CD that installed on the machine without any problem, but it did an auto install with the key that came with it.

New features in Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 8 was released today. You can get a copy from Microsoft's website, the complete download is about 16MB initially, you can get it from http://www.microsoft.com/windows/internet-explorer/worldwide-sites.aspx