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Using Windows Admin Tools Like a Pro

Windows Admin

This series teaches you how to use Windows Administration tools like a pro.

Lesson 1: Understanding Windows Administration Tools

Windows has many different administration tools, but do you know what even half of them do? In this edition of Geek School, we are going to teach you all about how to use these tools, as well as when to use each one.

Lesson 2: Using Task Scheduler to Run Processes Later

In this edition of Geek School, we’re going to teach you about the extremely powerful Task Scheduler utility that Windows uses behind the scenes to do all sorts of things.

Lesson 3: Using Event Viewer to Troubleshoot Problems

The biggest problem with Event Viewer is that it can be really confusing – there are a lot of warnings, errors, and informational messages, and without knowing what it all means, you can assume (incorrectly) that your computer is broken or infected when there’s nothing really wrong.

Lesson 4: Understanding Hard Drive Partitioning with Disk Management

In today’s edition of Geek School, we’re going to talk about how to use Disk Management… but we’re going to go one step further and explain master boot records, partition tables, and dynamic disks.

Lesson 5: Learning to Use the Registry Editor Like a Pro

Over the years we’ve covered a lot of registry hacks, and while most people can handle the step-by-step instructions for how to make a registry change, or double-click a .reg file to insert it into the registry, you will be much better served having a solid knowledge of what the registry is and how it works.

Lesson 6: Monitoring Your PC with Resource Monitor and Task Manager

Keeping track of resources on your PC is one of the proud geek traditions that will probably never die – instead, it spread over to smartphones and tablets, with task manager utilities being some of the most popular apps for a long time.

Lesson 7: Understanding the Advanced System Properties Panel

The System Properties panel is one of those things that has been in Windows forever, yet most people don’t understand how it all works. Today’s Geek School lesson explains it.

Lesson 8: Understanding and Managing Windows Services

In today’s Geek School lesson, we’re going to teach you about Windows Services and how to manage them using the built-in utilities.

Lesson 9: Using Group Policy Editor to Tweak Your PC

In today’s Geek School lesson, we’re going to explain how to use the Local Group Policy editor to make changes to your PC that aren’t available any other way.

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  • Published 04/27/11