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Tutorials

Windows Vista Tutorials, Tricks and Tips.
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How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Vista Forums

This will show you how to upload, attach, and post a screenshot, image, or a file in your post here at Vista Forums.
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Full list of our tutorials.

This is a master list of all Vista Tutorials listed in alphabetical order.
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Jan 10
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Restore Default Vista File Extension Type Associations

This will allow you to restore the default registry entries and program associations for the Vista file extension type of your choice.
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178
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383,317
Jan 10
123,186
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How to Change the Default Boot Partition Settings in Vista

This will show you how to select or change which operating system (OS) you would like to load as the default at startup when you dual boot with multiple operating systems. You will also see how to change the display time for this OS list at boot up.
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15
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123,186
Jan 10
17 18 19
966,094
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How to Create a Vista Recovery Disc

This will show you how to download or create a Recovery Disc for both the 32 bit and 64 bit Vista.
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370
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Jan 10
3 4 5
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How to Enable or Disable the Notification Area System Icons in Vista

This will show you how to enable or disable the Notification Area System Icons for all user account on the computer. These are the Clock, Volume, Network, and Power (battery) icons in the bottom right corner of the Taskbar.
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96
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883,190
Jan 05
278,381
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How to See Product Key in Vista

This will show you how to find the product key number from a Windows sticker, or from in Vista if you lost it.
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10
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278,381
Jan 10
3 4 5
251,074
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How to Slipstream Vista SP2

This will show you how to create a Vista SP2 slipstream installation disc.
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97
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251,074
Jan 10
2
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How to Create a Sleep Shortcut on the Desktop in Vista

This will show you how to create a Sleep shortcut used to put your computer into sleep (not hibernate) mode when clicked on.
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31
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176,674
Jan 10
7 8 9
273,650
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How to Shrink and Create a Partition with Disk Management in Vista

It is possible in Vista to repartition your hard disk by using the Shrink feature in Disk Management. You can shrink an existing partition (volume) to create unallocated disk space, from which you can Create a new partition (volume).
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160
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273,650
Jan 10
126,166
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How to Fix the BootMGR is Compressed Message at Boot

Well, for some bizzare reason, Vista also compresses the BOOTMGR when you select (check) to Compress this drive to save data space option on the C: drive. When BootMGR is compressed Vista cannot boot from it. This will show you how to fix this boot error.
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Jan 10
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How to Create a Vista SP1 Slipstream Installation DVD

This will show you how to create a Vista installation DVD with the Vista SP1 slipstreamed into it for any 32 and 64 bit version of Vista you want. This DVD will allow you to do a clean install of Vista with the SP1 all at once instead of installing Vista first then the SP1.
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316
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288,110
Jan 10
8 9 10
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How to Take Ownership of a Item in Vista and Windows 7

This will show you how to be able to delete or modify a system file, folder, registry key, or drive in Vista by taking Ownership and allowing your user account full control of the item.
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198
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1,109,993
Jan 10
2 3
144,554
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How to Extract Files from the Vista Installation DVD

This will show you how to extract original files from the retail Vista installation DVD. You can then use these extracted files to replace missing or corrupted system files in your current Vista installation.
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40
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144,554
Jan 11
2
183,276
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You get this error while booting into windows

This tutorial will show you to get rid off this error.
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27
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183,276
Jan 11
33,280
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How to Create a YUMI MultiBoot USB Flash Drive for Windows

This tutorial will teach you how to create a bootable USB so you can install (most) operating systems without a dvd/cd drive, along with several repair tools!
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Jan 11
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How to Delete and Extend a Partition with Disk Management in Vista

When you Delete a hard disk partition (volume) you turn that partition into a unallocated (unformated) partition. You can then use this unallocated partition to Extend another partition to a larger size.
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Jan 11
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How to Trace what Windows Update a Manifest File Originated From

Manifests are named in a way that doesn't contain the information on what update it came from, so here's how to trace it through the registry.
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Jan 11
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Your Activation Period has Expired

This will show you how to get out of Reduced Functionality Mode if you did not activate Vista within the trial period, Vista determines that it is running on a different computer than it was originally activated on, or you have a non-genuine version of Vista.
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Jan 11
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How to Open and Use Character Map in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

Character Map is a feature in Windows that makes it possible to use characters that are not displayed on the keyboard. You can use Character Map to insert special characters into your documents, such as the trademark symbol, a special mathematical character, or a character from another language.
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12
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Jan 05
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How to Change AutoPlay Settings in Vista

This will show you how to turn AutoPlay on or off, and how to reset or change the AutoPlay settings to how you want them.
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19
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Jan 11
555,154
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How to Open the Local Group Policy Editor in Vista

This will show you how to open the Local Group Policy Editor in Vista.
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15
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555,154