This is not an answer to the letter of your
question. I sympathize with you. I rarely
need to know things about Microsoft OSes and when I do have no
clue where to go for help. In the future I will probably, if the
nature of the problem seems to suit, try
the Chatterbox here.
in reply to Sites similar to Perl Monks, but not about Perl?
The Debian mailing lists are useful if your
linux is Debian.
There is a knowedgable old guard still following
some of the comp.* groups. If you can learn programs
like trn or tin newsgroups aren't bad, I haven't found
a GUI newsreader that lets me go through a voluminous
group as easily as trn.