Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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"When did I say that, I simply said that with Windows that problems can be solved using those tools. Nothing more."

Fair enough, I was just reading your statement in context of the previous windows/linux generalisation.

Another tool everyone on windows should have is the sysinternals process explorer. Shows processes, resources, open files, etc. It allows you to forcefully kill hidden processes that are otherwise difficult to kill and responsible for locking files.

" ... and things can be solved without a reinstall with a little understanding of the underlying system."

This is assuming you can track down the problem of course. I've had many people come to me for help in fixing something or other on windows. Usually it's something pretty trivial, but other times I have to recommend restoring or reinstalling because it's less work than trying to find out what's wrong. Sometimes just re-creating a user account is enough.

Mind you, linux can be the same way, but it's usually easier to diff the files and/or look at timestamps there. In windows you've got the whole registery to deal with.

Edited 2012-11-27 20:38 UTC

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