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How to Add or Remove "Copy as Path" from the Vista and Windows 7 Context Menu This will show you how to add or remove Copy as Path from the context menu for all users on the computer. By default, Copy as Path is added to the context menu.To see what and how to use Copy as Path, see: How to Copy the Full Path of a File or Folder in Vista and Windows 7 EXAMPLE: "Copy as Path" added and removed from the Context Menu NOTE: By default, you must press and hold Shift and right click on the file or folder to see Copy as Path. Using a REG File Download 1. To Add "Copy as Path" to Context Menu A) Click on the download button below to download the file below. Add_Copy_as_Path_Menu.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/add_copy_as_path_menu-reg.3516/ B) Go to step 3. 2. To Remove "Copy as Path" to Context Menu A) Click on the download button below to download the file below. Remove_Copy_as_Path_Menu.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/remove_copy_as_path_menu-reg.3517/ 3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop. 4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge. 5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. Manually Using Registry Editor 1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search boxand press Enter. 2. If prompter by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7). 3. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\CopyAsPathMenu 4. To Remove Copy as Path to Context Menu A) In the right pane, right click on (Default) and click on Modify. (See screenshot above) B) Clear and leave the field empty and click OK. (See screenshot below) C) Your registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below) D) Go to step 6. 5. To Add Copy as Path to Context Menu A) In the right pane, right click on (Default) and click on Modify. (See screenshot above) B) Copy and Past the value below and click OK. (See screenshot below) {f3d06e7c-1e45-4a26-847e-f9fcdee59be0} C) Your registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below step 3) 6. Close regedit. That's it, Shawn How to Expand the Context (Shortcuts) Menu in Vista How to Customize the Context Menu for the Start Menu in Vista How to Customize the Send To Context Menu in Vista How to Customize the Recycle Bin Context Menu in Vista How to Add Encrypt and Decrypt to the Context Menu in Vista How to Add and Remove a New Menu Item in Vista How to Add Take Ownership to the Context Menu in Vista How to Copy the Full Path of a File or Folder in Vista How to Add Flip 3D to the Context Menu in Vista How to Restore or Remove New from the Context Menu in Vista How to Enable or Disable the Context Menu in Vista How to Remove or Show Drives in the Vista and Windows 7 "Send To" Context Menu How to Add View and Print File Directory to the Context Menu in Vista How to Add COPY TO FOLDER and MOVE TO FOLDER to the Context Menu in Vista How to Add or Remove Send To from the Vista Context Menu How to Add or Remove Turn Aero On or Off from the Vista Context Menu How to Add System Properties to Computer Context Menu in Vista How to Restore or Remove "Restore Previous Versions" from the Vista Context Menu How to Show or Hide Folder Full Path in the Vista Taskbar Buttons How to Add Empty Folder and Subfolders to the Vista Context Menu How to Add "Copy Content to Clipboard" to Context Menu in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
 
How to Fix the New Folder Context Menu Item in Vista If when you right click on the desktop or in a User folder and click on New and Folder it does not work, then this will show you how to fix the Folder menu item so it will create a new folder again. If you also cannot rename a normal file or folder and not just a New Folder, then also see: Cannot Rename or Move a File or Folder in Vista Fix If New is also missing from the context menu, then see: How to Restore or Remove New from the Context Menu in Vista If you are missing other or all New menu items, then to restore them, see: How to Restore Missing Default New Context Menu Items in Vista EXAMPLE: New Folder in the Context Menu and a New Folder NOTE: You see this context menu only when you right click on a empty space on the desktop and in a nonsystem folder (Ex: C:\Users) Windows Explorer window. If you right on a empty space in a system folder (Ex: C:\Program Files, C:\Windows, etc...} Windows Explorer window, you will only see Folder in the New menu. EXAMPLE: New Folder in the Organize Toolbar Button NOTE: This is the Organize toolbar button in Windows Explorer. EXAMPLE: New Folder in the File Menu NOTE: This in the Windows Explorer Menu bar. It is not availale in the Computer window though. Here's How: 1. Click on the download button below to download the NewFolderFix.reg file. https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/newfolderfix-reg.7715/ 2. Right click on the downloaded NewFolderFix.reg file and click on Merge to add it to your registry. 3. Click on the Run button in the Security Warning prompt. 4. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt. 5. Click on Yes in the confirmation prompt. 6. Click on OK in the success prompt. 7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the fix. 8. When done, you can delete the NewFolderFix.reg on the desktop if you would like to. NOTE: If the problem still persists, then do a System Restore using a restore point dated before the problem. That's it, Shawn How to Open and Change Folder Options in Vista How to Add and Remove a New Menu Item in Vista Cannot Rename or Move a File or Folder in Vista Fix How to Restore or Remove New from the Context Menu in Vista How to Restore Missing Default New Context Menu Items in Vista How to Fix the New Shortcut Context Menu Item in Vista
 
How to Stop System Restore Points from being Deleted in Vista and Windows 7 when Dual Booting with XP When you are dual booting XP with Vista and/or Windows 7, this will show you how to stop XP from deleting all of the System Restore Points and Shadow Copies in Vista and Windows 7 everytime you start XP. You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial. For more information, see also: Microsoft Help and Support: KB926185 System Restore "restore points" are missing or deleted In Vista and Windows 7, shadow copies are used to maintain System Restore Points. Additionally, shadow copies are used to maintain Complete PC Backup files. Therefore, when you access the volume from an earlier operating system (XP), it will delete all restore points and all except the most recent versions of Complete PC Backup files in Vista and Windows 7. This problem occurs because the volume snapshot driver that is included with Vista and Windows 7 uses disk structures that are incompatible with earlier versions of Windows. Therefore, the earlier operating system deletes Vista and Windows 7 shadow copies with the associated restore points. This behavior occurs because the earlier Windows operating systems do not recognize the new disk structures. This does not actually fix the problem. It is a workaround that will stop XP from deleting the restore points and shadow copies. After you restart XP, you will not be able to access the volume Vista and/or Windows 7 is on from XP. However, you can still access the volume that XP is on from Vista and Windows 7. It has been reported that some 3rd party disk defragmentation programs could also delete your restore points when used. Using a REG File Download This needs to be done in XP, not in Vista or Windows 7. This download assumes that Vista or Windows 7 is installed on the D: drive as the second OS. If this is not true for you, or you need to add another drive to be hidden from XP, then do OPTION TWO below to do this manually with the drive letter that your Vista or Windows 7 is installed on instead. 1. To Stop XP from Deleting Restore Points A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Stop_XP.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/stop_xp-reg.2647/ B) Go to step 3. 2. To Restore Default Settings in XP A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Restore_Default_Settings.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/restore_default_settings-reg.2648/ 3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop. 4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge. 5. Approve the merge when prompted. 6. Restart XP to apply the changes. 7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. Manually Through Registry Editor This needs to be done in XP, not in Vista or Windows 7. 1. Open the Start Menu, click on My Computer to open it, then make note of the drive letter for the Vista and/or Windows 7 installation that you wan to prevent XP from seeing to prevent their restore points from being deleted. 2. Open the Start Menu, click on Run to open it,, then type regedit and press Enter. 3. In regedit, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices 4. To Stop XP from Deleting Restore Points A) In the left pane, right click on MountedDevices and click on New and Key. NOTE: If you already have the Offline key under MountedDevices, then skip this step and go to step 4C. (see screenshot below step 4C ) B) Type Offline and press Enter. C) In the right pane of Offline, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD Value. (see screenshot below) D) Type \DosDevices\D: and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 4F) NOTE: While in XP, if your Vista or Windows 7 is not showing as being on the D: drive in Computer, then substitute D: with the drive letter that it is shown to be on instead. For example, if it is shown to be on the E: drive, then type \DosDevices\E: instead. Repeat this step if you wish to hide another drive letter from XP. E) In the right pane, right click on \DosDevices\D: and click on Modify. F) Type 1, and click on OK. (see screenshot below) G) The registry should now look like this. (see screenshot below) H) Repeat steps 4C to 4G for any other drive letter that you want to prevent them from being seen by XP. I) Go to step 6. 5. To Restore the Default XP Settings A) In the right pane of Offline, right click on \DosDevices\D:, and click on Delete. (see screenshot below step 4H) B) Click on Yes to confirm the deletion. C) Repeat step 5 for any other listed drive letter that you would like XP to be able to see again. 6. Restart XP to apply the changes. That's it, Shawn How to Create a System Restore Shortcut in Vista How to Create a System Restore Point in Vista How to Undo the Last System Restore in Vista How to Do a System Restore in Vista How to Change the System Restore Disk Space Usage in Vista How to Turn System Restore On or Off in Vista How to Create a Create System Restore Point Shortcut in Vista How to Make a "Create System Restore Point" Shortcut in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 How to Add "Create Restore Point" to Context Menu in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 How to Change the Default Boot Partition in Vista How to Create a Complete Computer Backup and Restore Image in Vista How to Change the Automatic System Restore Point Settings in Vista Task Scheduler How to Enable or Disable Create Vista System Restore Point when New Device Driver is Installed How to Enable or Disable Create Vista System Restore Point when a Application is Installed How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista
 
How to Do a Clean Install and Setup with a Full Version of Vista This will show you how to do a clean install and setup of a Full Retail or Express installation DVD version of Vista. A OEM Recovery installation DVD can only do a clean install. It is just a clone of the hard drive that will set your computer back like it was from day one. The installation process is basically the same though, but can only be reinstalled on the same computer it was originally installed on. A Express or Retail Vista can be installed on any one computer at a time for as many times as you like. The product key number for the Vista 32 bit version is the same one for it's 64 bit version. You can only have the Product Key activated on one computer and version of 32 bit or 64 bit Vista at a time. See: Microsoft: License Terms for Software Licensed from Microsoft Sometimes people have problems installing Vista with more than 2 GB of RAM installed. If you have this problem, then you should install Vista with a maximum of 2GB of RAM installed and add the rest of the RAM after Vista is fully installed. Be sure to backup anything you do not want to lose from the previous OS, and have all of your device drivers handy for your 32 bit or 64 bit version of Vista before you proceed to install later. Some Common Installation Problems: Windows Help and Support: KB935806 Troubleshooting Stop error messages that may occur when you try to install Windows Vista Windows Help and Support: KB929777 Error message when you try to install Windows Vista on a computer that uses more than 3 GB of RAM: "STOP 0x0000000A" Microsoft Help and Support: KB925481 This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR VISTA NOTE: For more information, see: Microsoft Windows Vista: Recommended System Requirements Vista Home Basic Processor: 1GHz (32 or 64 bit) System Memory (RAM): 512MB Hard Drive: 20GB with 15GB available for Vista Video Card: 32MB Memory and DirectX 9 Support DVD-ROM Drive Vista Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate Processor: 1GHz (32 or 64 bit) System Memory (RAM): 1GB Hard Drive: 40GB with 15GB available for Vista Video Card: 128MB Memory, DirectX 9 Support with: WDDM Driver, Pixel Shader 2.0, 32bits per pixel DVD-ROM Drive Installing VistaBefore doing this clean install, you should download and save all of your device drivers to DVD, or some other media, to have them handy to make setting Vista back up easier. 1. Boot the computer from your Vista installation DVD. NOTE: Make sure that the CD/DVD drive is selected first in the boot order in the BIOS. 2. When prompted, press any key to start Vista from the installation DVD. (See screenshot below) NOTE: You will only have about 8 seconds to press this key. If you miss it, you will have to restart the computer. 3. Set up your language preferences and click on Next. (See screeshot below). 4. Click on Install Now to start the installation. (See screenshot below) 5. Type in your product key number. (See screenshot below) 6. Leave the Automatically activate Windows when I'm online box unchecked. NOTE: You can activate Vista later when you make sure it is running properly. (See STEP TWO step 11 below) 7. Click on Next. 8. Check I accept the license terms box and click Next. (See screenshot below) 9. Click on Custom (advanced). (See screenshot below) 10. Select the hard drive or partition that you want to install Vista on and click on the Drive Options (advanced) link. (see screenshot below) NOTE: If the hard drive or partition that you have selected is unallocated, then you can just click on the Next button instead and go to step 12 since it is already empty. WARNING: You may not have the Drive options (advanced) option unless the installation is done at boot, and not running the installation from within your current OS. 11. Select a hard drive or partition that you want to do a clean install of Vista on, do what Drive options (advanced) you want if any, and click on the Next button when finished. (See screenshot below) NOTE: If you have your hard drives in a RAID setup, then connect your USB key with the RAID drivers on it, click on Load Driver, select the folder on the USB key that contains the RAID drivers to install them. Afterwards, your RAID drives will be available to select from to install Vista on. Drive options (advanced) If you have more than one partition for a disk # (hard drive) and want to get rid of them to make that disk # one partition drive again, then select a partition with that disk # and click on the Delete option for each partition with the same disk # until there is only one "unallocated space" with that disk # left as in the screenshot below. To shrink an existing partition to create another partition to install Vista on instead, select the partition you want shrink and click on the Extend option. Type in how much in MB (1 GB = 1024 MB) that you want to shrink it by. Now select the new extended partition. 12. The installation of Vista will now start. Below are screen shots of what you’ll see during the install. Setting Up Vista NOTE: Now that Vista is installed, it is time to set it up. 1. Type in a user name, password, optional password hint, and select a display picture for your administrator user account. (See screenshot below) 2. Click on Next. 3. Type in a computer name and choose a Desktop Background. (See screenshot below) 4. Click on Next. 5. Click on Use recommended settings. (See screenshot below) 6. Set your time and date and time zone settings, then click on Next. (See screenshot below) 7. Click on your computer's location to select it for the network location settings. (See screenshot below) NOTE: It is best to select Public location for the best security. If Vista doesn't detect your network connection, then you may not see this screen during setup. 8. Click on Start to boot Vista for the first time. (See screenshot below) 9. Before Vista boots for the first time it must perform a performance check to see what features to turn on or off. (See screenshot below) 10. Install all of your device drivers, then Windows Updates. 11. Update your WEI score. 12. When it is done, all you will need to do is to activate Vista. A) Right click on Computer in the Start Menu and click on Properties. B) Scroll down a bit and click on Activate Windows Now. (See screenshot below) That's it, Shawn How to Perform a Repair Installation for Vista How to Activate Vista Normally and by Phone Activation How to Reset a User Account Password in Vista How to Do a Clean Install of Vista with a Upgrade Version How to Extend Vista Trial Period for Up to 120 Days How to Get Out of Reduced Functionality Mode in Vista How to Change the Network Location Type in Vista How to Create a Vista SP1 Slipstream Installation DVD How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Thumb Drive to Install Vista How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP How to Do a Upgrade Installation with Windows 7 How to Do a Custom Installation of Vista
 
How to Fix the Start Error for Windows Search Service to Enable the Index in Vista The Indexing Options are grayed out and you cannot get the Windows Search service to start. Follow the steps one by one, and at the end the index should be running again.If the steps below do not help you, then you will need to do either a System Restore to a restore point date before this problem, a Repair install, or Clean install to fix this problem. See the related links below for how to do these. EXAMPLE: Error Message EXAMPLE: Index Options grayed out Set Windows Search Service 1. Leave Windows Search service set to only Automatic. (See screenshot below step 3) 2. Close Services. 3. Proceed to STEP TWO below. Reset the Index in the Registry Using a REG File Download 1. Click on the download button below to download the file below. Reset_Index.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/reset_index-reg.1645/ 2. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop. 3. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge. 4. Click on the Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted. 5. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. 7. Proceed to STEP THREE below. Manually in Registry Editor 1. Open the Start Menu, type regedit in the search box and press Enter. 2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue. 3. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 5) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search 4. In the right pane, right click on SetupCompletedSuccessfully and click on Modify. NOTE: If SetupCompletedSuccessfully is not there, then in the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32 bit) Value. Type SetupCompletedSuccessfully and press Enter. 5. Type 0 and click on OK. (See screenshot below) NOTE: This is the number zero. 6. Close Regedit 7. Proceed to STEP THREE below. Repair the Config Folder 1. Open Folder Options. A) Click on the View tab. B) Check Show hidden files and folders. C) Click on OK to apply and close folder options. 2. Go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data (See screenshots below) NOTE: You may notice that one or more of these folders (Applications, Config, Temp) may be missing from your window. 3. If the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications folder is missing, then right click on a empty area and click New and click Folder. (See screenshot above) NOTE: If the Applications folder is not missing, then continue to step 3F after deleting only it's contents except for the Windows folder in it. A) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt. B) Click Continue for UAC prompt. C) Type Applications and press Enter. D) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt. E) Click Continue for UAC prompt. F) Open the Applications folder. If the Windows folder is missing, then click on New and Folder. NOTE: If the Windows folder is not missing, then continue to step 4 after deleting only it's contents. G) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt. H) Click Continue for UAC prompt. I) Type Windows and press Enter. J) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt. K) Click Continue for UAC prompt. 4. If the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Config folder is missing, then right click on a empty area and click New and click Folder. (See screenshot below step 2) NOTE: If the Config folder is not missing, then continue to step 5 after deleting only it's contents. A) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt. B) Click Continue for UAC prompt. C) Type Config and press Enter. D) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt. E) Click Continue for UAC prompt. 5. If the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Temp folder is missing, then right click on a empty area and click New and click Folder. (See screenshot below step 2) NOTE: If the Temp folder is not missing, then continue to step 6 after deleting only it's contents. A) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt. B) Click Continue for UAC prompt. C) Type Temp and press Enter. D) Click Continue for Access Denied prompt. E) Click Continue for UAC prompt. 6. Close all windows. 7. Restart the computer. 8. If this still will not work for you afterwards, then you can try a repair install instead. That's it, Shawn How to Use the Indexing Options in Vista How to Open and Change Search Options in Vista How to Enable or Disable Search Index in Vista How to Do a Clean Install of Vista with a Upgrade Version How to Do a Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista How to Perform a Repair Installation for Vista How to Do a System Restore in Vista
 
How to Change a Shortcut Folder or File Icon in Vista This will show you how to change a shortcut folder or file icon to a icon of your choice. To change a regular file icon you must make a shortcut of it first, then you can change the icon for the shortcut. EXAMPLE: Before and After Icon Change Here's How: 1. Right click on the shortcut folder or file, then click on Properties. 2. Click on the Shortcut tab. (See screenshots below) 3. Click on the Change Icon button. 4. To Select an Available Icon in Vista A) Select a icon here. (See screenshot below) OR B) Click on Browse and navigate to another icon available in Vista. NOTE: Some common icon locations in Vista. C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll (Recommended one to use) C:\Windows\System32\shell32.dll C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe C) Go to step 6C. 5. To Create a Icon of Your Choice to Use NOTE: You will only be able use Views set up to Medium Icons with these to have the shortcut icon display properly. A) Open the Start menu and click on All Programs, Accessories, then Paint. NOTE: Paint is located at C:\Windows\System32\mspaint.exe if you do not have the shortcut for it. B) Take a screenshot of the image you want to use for the icon of the URL shortcut. NOTE: You can press the PrtScrn key for a screenshot of the entire desktop, or ALT+PrtScrn keys for just the current open window. C) Go to the Paint window and Paste this image into Paint. NOTE: You can do this by pressing the CTRL+V keys while in Paint. D) Make any adjustments to the image you want in Paint. NOTE: It is best to not use a large size image to avoid distortion when Vista sizes it down automatically for the icon later. E) Save this image in Paint as a 24-bit Bitmap (*.bmp;*.dib) file in the Save as type drop down menu to a location of your choice. F) Now save this same .bmp image in Paint again, but change the file extension from .bmp to .ico manually in the File name field. NOTE: You will need to save this to a location where you can keep this for the URL shortcut's usage. G) Close Paint. H) Continue to step 6 to use the icon. 6. To Select a Icon of Your Choice A) Click on the Browse button. (See screenshot below step 4B) NOTE: For the best icon size results, use a 256x256 bit .ico (Icon) file in Vista. B) Navigate to where you have the icon saved. (See screenshot below) C) Select the icon and click Open. D) Click OK to apply. (See screenshot below step 4B) That's it, Shawn How to Change a Folder Preview Picture in Vista How to Change a Folder Icon in Vista How to Change the Open Folder Icon in Vista How to Change a Icon in the Control Panel in Vista How to Remove or Change the Shortcut Arrow and Name in Vista How to Change a Default Open Window Size for a Shortcut in Vista How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for a Program in Vista How to Remove the Shortcut Prefix On a Shortcut Name in Vista How to Change the Target Path Location of a Shortcut in Vista How to Create a Desktop Internet Shortcut without the E Icon in Vista How to Change a Drive Icon in Vista How to Restore and Change a Desktop Icon in Vista How to Change the Desktop Control Panel Icon in Vista How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Vista How to Hide a Folder or Shortcut Icon in Vista How to Change a File Extension Type Icon in Vista How to Change the Vista Default Folder Icon
 
How to Change the Default Boot Screen in Vista The boot screen is the screen that displays during the bootup (startup) of Vista before the logon screen (welcome screen) and the desktop.Running the sfc/ scannow command will reset the boot screen back to default.If you wanted to run chkdsk at startup or the Memory Diagnostic Tool and you have changed the default boot screen, then you will need to temporarily change the boot screen back to the default boot screen to be able to see what is happening first to be able to see what is happening when they run at startup. EXAMPLE: Default Vista boot screen Using Stardock BootSkins NOTE: This free program will let you replace the default Vista boot screen with any free skin that you have downloaded from WinCustomize BootSkins. You cannot create a BootSkin with any image that you like with the free version of BootSkins though. 1. Download and install the Vista version of Stardock BootSkin. NOTE: You will need to right click on the bootskinvista_public.exe installation file and click on Run as administrator to install this program properly. 2. Download a BootSkin that you would like to use as your boot sceeen, and save it somewhere you would like to keep it at. 4. Run BootSkin. (See screenshot below) 3. To Add a BootSkin NOTE: This will add a downloaded BootSkin to the bottom to have to select from. A) Click on the Add New BootSkin option, then browse to where you have saved the downloaded BootSkin and select it. 4. To Delete a BootSkin NOTE: This will delete and remove the currently selected BootSkin from the bottom. 5. To Apply a BootSkin as the Vista Boot Screen A) Select a BootSkin from the bottom so that it appears in the larger preview window. B) Click on the Apply This BootSkin option. 6. Restart the computer to see the changed boot screen. Using Vista Visual Master NOTE: This free program will allow you to replace the default Vista boot screen with any .bmp, .jpg, .png, or .gif image of your choice instead. 1. Download and install the free program Vista Visual Master. If you get a "cannot find en-CA" type error while running this program, then open the Control Panel, and go into Regional and Language Options. Change the default input language format to the folder that you have in your C:\Windows\System32\Boot folder. For example, en-CA (Canada), en-US (United States), etc.... 2. Use Compatibility Mode on the Vista Visual Master shortcut, and check the Run this program as an administrator box (see step 8 at link). 3. Click on the Vista Visual Master shortcut to run the program. 4. Click on Allow in the UAC prompt. 5. Click on the Boot Screen option. (See screenshot below) 6. To Change the Default Boot Screen A) Click on Browse button and navigate to and select the .bmp, .jpg, .png, or .gif image you want for as the new boot screen. (See screenshot above) B) Click on the Generate button and save the winload.exe.mui file to use as the new boot screen. (See screenshot below step 6E) WARNING: The generated file must be named winload.exe.mui and remain on the computer for it to be able to be used at boot. C) Click on OK in the success pop-up. (See screenshot below) D) Check the Change Boot Screen box. (See screenshot below step 6E) NOTE: If the location of the winload.exe.mui file you want to use is not correct, then click on Browse and navigate to where you saved it in step 6B. E) Click on the Apply button. (See screenshot below) F) Click on OK in the success pop-up. (See screenshot below) G) Go to step 8. 7. To Restore the Default Boot Screen A) Check the Change Boot Screen box. (See screenshot below step 5) B) Click on the Restore to Default button. (See screenshot below step 5) C) Click on OK in the success pop-up. (See screenshot below) 8. Close the Vista Visual Master window. 9. Restart the computer to see the changed boot screen. That's it, Shawn How to Enable the Hidden Aurora Boot Screen in Vista How to Change the Logon Screen in Vista How to Change the Desktop Background Wallpaper in Vista How to Use and Change a Screen Saver in Vista How to Enable or Disable the Log On Screen Saver in Vista How To Change the Vista Startup Orb
 
How to Enable or Disable Changing Display Settings in Vista This will enable or disable the ability to change the Display Settings for all users on the computer. The Display Settings include DPI size, screen resolution, screen refresh rate, and color depth.Changing the Display Settings is enabled by default in Vista. EXAMPLE: Display Settings and DPI link in the Personalize window NOTE: You will see this window by right clicking on a empty space on the desktop and click Personalize, or opening the Control Panel (Classic View) and click on the Personalization icon. EXAMPLE: Changing the Display Settings and DPI size are Disabled Message NOTE: These are the messages you get when you click on the links boxed in red above when changing the Display Settings is disabled. Through the Local Group Policy Editor 1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied. 2. In the left pane, click on User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and Display. (See screenshot below step 5) 3. In the right pane, right click on Hide Settings tab and click on Properties. (See screenshot above) 4. To Enable Changing the Display Settings A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 7) B) Go to step 8. 5. To Disable Changing the Display Settings A) Select (dot) Enabled and click on OK. 6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window. Your done. Using a REG File Download 1. To Disable Changing the Display Settings A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Disable_Display_Settings.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/disable_display_settings-reg.3999/ B) Go to step 3. 2. To Enable Changing the Display Settings A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below. Enable_Display_Settings.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/enable_display_settings-reg.4000/ 3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop. 4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge. 5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. Manually in Registry Editor 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter. 3. Click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt. 4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below) NOTE: If you do not have System, then right click on Polices and click on New and Key. Type System and press Enter. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System 5. To Disable Changing the Display Settings A) In the right pane of System, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type NoDispSettingsPage and press Enter. (See screenshot below) B) Right click on NoDispSettingsPage and click on Modify. C) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below) D) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below) E) Go to step 7. 6. To Enable Changing the Display Settings A) In the right pane of System, right click on NoDispSettingsPage and click on Delete. (See screenshot above) B) Click on Yes to confirm delete. 7. Close regedit. That's it, Shawn How to Change the Screen Resolution in Vista How to Change the DPI Scale in Vista How to Change the Screen Refresh Rate in Vista How to Add or Remove the Theme Option in Vista How to Add or Remove the Screen Saver Option in Vista How to Enable or Prevent the Desktop Background Wallpaper from being Changed in Vista
 
How to Add "Copy To Folder" and "Move To Folder" to the Context Menu in Vista Copy To Folder allows you to right click on a item and copy it to another location immediately. Move to Folder allows you to right click on a item and move it to another locatation and remove it from it's current location immediately.This is also under the EDIT menu in a Explorer window. (See Example screenshot below) EXAMPLE: Default Edit Menu Location: NOTE: These are the keyboard shortcuts to use the Menu bar location while having the file or folder selected that you want to Copy or Move to another folder. Copy To Folder - Press and hold Alt then press E and F Move To Folder - Press and hold Alt then press E and V EXAMPLE: Copy To Folder and Move To Folder Added to the Context Menu: NOTE: Right click on a file or folder to see your new additions. You can see what happens when you click on each one beside the context menu screenshot. You can select a different drive to. Using a REG File Download 1. To Add Copy/Move To Folder A) Click on the download button below to download the file below. NOTE: You can add one or both of these. Add_CopyMove.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/add_copymove-reg.1642/ B) Go to step 3. 2. To Remove Copy/Move To Folder A) Click on the download button below to download the file below. Remove_CopyMove.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/remove_copymove-reg.1643/ 3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop. 4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge. 5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. To Do Manually in Registry Editor 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter. 3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt. 4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers 5. To Add Copy To Folder A) In the left pane, right click on ContextMenuHandlers and click on New and Key. B) Type {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13} and press Enter. NOTE: To Remove Copy To Folder - Right click on this key and click on Delete. 6. To Add Move To Folder A) In the left pane, right click on ContextMenuHandlers and click on New and Key. B) Type {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13} and press Enter. NOTE: To Remove Move To Folder - Right click on this key and click on Delete. 7. Close regedit. That's it, Shawn How to Expand the Context (Shortcuts) Menu in Vista How to Customize the Context Menu for the Start Menu in Vista How to Customize the Send To Context Menu in Vista How to Customize the Recycle Bin Context Menu in Vista How to Add Encrypt and Decrypt to the Context Menu in Vista How to Add and Remove a New Menu Item in Vista How to Add Take Ownership to the Context Menu in Vista How to Copy the Full Path of a File or Folder in Vista How to Add Flip 3D to the Context Menu in Vista How to Restore or Remove New from the Context Menu in Vista How to Enable or Disable the Context Menu in Vista How to Remove or Show Drives in the Vista and Windows 7 "Send To" Context Menu How to Add "View and Print File Directory" to the Context Menu in Vista How to Add or Remove "Copy as Path" from the Vista Context Menu How to Add or Remove Send To from the Vista Context Menu How to Add or Remove Turn Aero On or Off from the Vista Context Menu How to Add System Properties to Computer Context Menu in Vista How to Restore or Remove "Restore Previous Versions" from the Vista Context Menu How to Add Empty Folder and Subfolders to the Vista Context Menu How to Add "Copy to Clipboard" to the Context Menu in Windows 7 and Vista
 
How to Log on Automatically at Startup in Vista This will show you how to set or change a user account for Vista to automatically log on to at startup. By default all user accounts must log on at startup. If you only have one user account without a password on your computer, then Vista will logon to that account automatically at startup. If you have more than one user account and the one you want to have Vista logon to automatically at startup does not have a password, then leave the password fields blank in step 7 below. If you forgot or lost the password for a user account, then see: How to Reset a User Account Password in Vista If your computer is a member of a domain, then the check box for Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer will not be available. It will be grayed out instead. Be sure to enter the correct password for the selected user account to have Vista automatically log on to at startup. If this user account does not have a password, then leave it blank. If you change the user account password, be sure to change it here as well. If you enter or have a incorrect password for this user account you will get a Incorrect Password error at the next startup. When you click OK to this at the logon screen, you will then see a duplicate logon icon for this user account. You can fix this problem by loging on to another account, or boot into Safe mode, and change the password to the correct one in step 7 below and restart again. EXAMPLE: Log On Screen NOTE: With Automatic Log On, you will not see this anymore. Vista will boot into the desktop of the selected user account instead. Here's How: 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type netplwiz or control userpasswords2 and press Enter. NOTE: It is your choice on which one to type. They both open the same window. 3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt. 4. To Turn On Automatic Log On for a User Account A) Check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box. (See screenshot below step 6) B) Click on the user account name, that you want to have automatically log on at startup, to highlight it. C) Uncheck the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box. D) Click on OK. E) Go to step 7. 5. To Turn Off Automatic Log On A) Check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box. (See screenshot below step 6) B) Click on OK. C) Your done. 6. To Choose a Different User Account to Automatically Log On to NOTE: For this step, you would have already had a user account selected to log on to automatically in step 4. A) Check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box. (See screenshot below) B) Click on Apply. C) Select the other user account name, that you want to have automatically log on at startup instead, to highlight it. D) Uncheck the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box. E) Click on OK. 7. Enter the User Account Password A) In the Password field, enter the selected user account's password. (See screenshot below) NOTE: If the user account does not have a password, then leave this field empty. See the WARNING at the top of the tutorial. B) In the Confirm Password field, enter the selected user account's password again to confirm that it is the same as in step 7A. NOTE: Be sure to enter the correct password for this user account. If this user account does not have a password, then leave it empty. See the WARNING at the top of the tutorial. C) Click on OK. That's it, Shawn How to Temporarily Bypass Automatic Logon at Startup in Windows How to Enable or Disable Ctrl+Alt+Delete Secure Logon in Vista How to Make Vista Require a Username and Password at Logon How to Display Information About Previous Logons During User Log On in Vista How to Change the Log On Screen in Vista How to Change or Stop Password Expiration in Vista How to Remove a Password from a User Account in Vista How to Create a Password Reset Disk in Vista How to Reset a User Account Password in Vista How to Disable or Enable Password Protection on Wakeup in Vista How to Change the Number of Log On Entries Allowed to be Saved in the Logon Cache in Vista How to Create a Password for a User Account in Vista How to Fix the "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded." Error How to Use and Change a Screen Saver in Vista How to Add User Accounts Netplwiz to the Control Panel in Vista How to Prevent or Allow a User to Change their Password in Vista How to Remove or Restore the Vista Log On Shutdown Options How to Set Vista Account Lockout when a User Fails to Logon
 
How to Change the Number of Processors Used at Boot Up in Vista If you have a multiple core CPU (Ex: Intel Core Duo or Quad CPU) or multiple CPUs, then this will show you how to change the Number of Processors that will be used during boot up for troubleshooting and debugging purposes to be able to determine if there is a problem with a single processor/core, or for a programmer to test their code against a single core while running on their multi-core system.Vista will use all your processors by default at boot up without this Number of Processors setting box checked. Using all of your available processors (cores or CPUs) durring boot allows the computer to boot faster only because a multiple core CPU or multiple CPUs can handle and do more at once than a single core or CPU. Multiple cores do not actually increase the speed, but only increase the number of processor cores working on the job which in turn has the job finish quicker. If you do not have much running at startup, then you may not notice much improvement in how long it takes to startup.People have reported that by checking this setting and selecting all of their available CPUs, they have seen a performance increase in boot up speed despite the Note above . See the example below. If it does not help, then you can do step 7 to undo this and go back to the default settings.Selecting a lower amount of processors to use at boot up than you actually have can increase the amount boot up time causing a longer boot. EXAMPLE: Boot Up Time Before and After NOTE: This is the before and after boot up time for my computer after I changed it to use all 4 cores. For fun you can post your results here: ReBoot Time Here's How: NOTE: Before you do this, you should see what your current boot up time is so you can compare it to what it will be before and after applying this. 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type msconfig and press Enter. 3. Click Continue in the UAC prompt. 4. Click on the Boot tab. (See screenshot below) 5. Click on the Advanced options button. 6. To Change the Number of Processors at Boot - A) Check the Number of processors box, then click on the drop down arrow and select the number of available processors (cores or CPUs) you want to have used at boot up. (See screenshots below step 7) NOTE: To test to see if this can speed up your boot time or not, then select the highest number listed for all of the available processors to be used at boot up and check the Detect Hal box. B) Click on OK. C) Go to step 8. 7. To Restore the Default Number of Processors at Boot - A) Uncheck the Number of processors box. B) Click on OK. 8. Check the Make all boot settings permanent box and click on OK. (See screenshot below) NOTE: If you do not check this, then you will Selective startup dotted instead of Normal startup under the General tab. You can still make changes again by checking this again after any changes. 9. Click on Yes at the confirmation window. (See screenshot below) NOTE: You can restore or make changes to this again later if you want. I will confirm it. Just remember or write down what you had set (checked or unchecked) before if you wanted to restore back to those settings later. 10. Check the Don't show this message again box. (See screenshot below step 11) NOTE: You will not see this again after checked. 11. Click on the Restart button. NOTE: If you checked the box and want to restore this Restart box, see: How to Restore the System Configuration Restart Prompt in Vista WARNING: This will restart the computer immediately. Make sure you save and close anything open you do not want to lose. 12. After you have started back to the desktop, you can check to see what your new boot up time is for fun. That's it, Shawn How to Speed Up Shutdown in Vista How to Speed Up Vista Boot Up Time How to Speed Up the Performance of Vista How to Set Vista for the CPU L2 Cache Memory Size How to Set the Processor Affinity for a Application in Vista How to Make a Program or Process Run with a Higher or Lower CPU Priority in Vista How to See What Your Boot Up Time is in Vista How to Logon Automatically at Startup in Vista How to Check and Change the Startup Programs in Vista
 
How to Change the Schedule for Disk Defragmenter in Vista This will show you how to turn the Disk Defragmenter automatic Run on a schedule on or off, and how to change the schedule to run Disk Defragmenter when you want it to run.The Disk Deframenter .exe file is located at C:\Windows\System32\dfrgui.exe .For a faster alternative that includes a progress graph, you can use the free Auslogics Disk Defrag.Solid State Drives (SSD) do not need to be defragmented. Doing so may lower the lifespan. To Change the Disk Defragmenter Schedule 1. Open the Start Menu. A) In the white line (Start Search) area, type dfrgui and press Enter. B) Go to step 3. OR 2. Open the Start Menu. A) Click on All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then on Disk Defragmenter. 3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt. NOTE: If will take a little bit while Disk Defragmenter analyzes the disks. 4. To Turn On the Disk Defragmenter Schedule A) Check Run on a Schedule. (See screenshot above) B) Go to step 6. 5. To Turn Off the Disk Defragmenter Schedule A) Uncheck Run on a Schedule. (See screenshot below step 2) B) Go to step 9. 6. To Modify the Schedule Time A) Click on the Modify Schedule button. (See screenshot below step 3) B) Make your time adjustments: (See screenshot below step 6C) How Often: Daily, Weekly, or Monthly What Day: Pick a day, Sunday to Saturday. What Time: Select a time from list. Recommended Schedule of Times to Defrag NOTE: The more you save and delete items off your hard drive, the more often you should defrag. Adjust to your needs. Schedule Description Once a Month For a user that is only on the computer a few hours a week and does not do much file saving and deleting. You rarely install and uninstall programs. Once a Week For most average users that use the computer for a few hours on a daily basis and does a lot more file saving and deleting. You only do a few installing and uninstalling of programs. Once a Day For your power user that uses the computer for several hours a day and does an unbelievable amount of file saving and deleting. You do a lot of installing and uninstalling of programs. C) Click on OK. 7. To Select Volumes to Defragment NOTE: This option is only added when you install the Vista SP1. A) Click on the Select volumes button. (See screenshot below step 3) B) Check the drives you want to be included in the defrag and uncheck the drives you do not want to be included. (See screenshot below) C) Click on OK. 9. To Manually Run Disk Defragmenter Now A) Click on the Defragment now button. (See screenshot below step 3) B) Do steps 7B and 7A. NOTE: If you need to stop Disk Defragmenter, click on the Cancel defragmentation button. 10. When done, click on OK, if it is not grayed out, or Close if it is. (See screenshot below step 3) Set Defragmenter to Wake the Computer to Run NOTE: By default Disk Defragmenter will only run when the computer is running and during low or idle usage in the background unless you run it manually, and not when the computer is in sleep mode or turned off. This will show you how to set Disk Defragmenter to wake the computer from sleep mode to run. This way you can schedule it to run when you are not using the computer in Option One above. 1. Open the Start Menu. A) In the white line (Start Search) area, type taskschd.msc and press Enter. B) Go to step 3. OR 2. Open the Control Panel (Classic view). A) Click on the Administrative Tools Icon. B) Click on Task Scheduler. 3. In the left pane, click on the arrow next to Task Scheduler Library, Microsoft, and Windows to expand the folders. (See screenshot below step 4) 4. Click on the Defrag folder. 5. In the middle pane right click on ScheduledDefrag and click on Properties. (See screenshot above) 6. Click on the General tab. (See screenshot below step 7) 7. Check the Run with highest privileges box. 8. Click on the Conditions tab. (See screenshot below step 9) 9. Check the Wake the computer to run this task box, and click on OK. 10. Close Task Scheduler. That's it, Shawn How to Run Disk Defragmenter from the Command Prompt in Vista How to Enable or Disable Defrag of Boot Files at Startup in Vista How to Create a Defragment Boot Files Shortcut in Vista How to Have a Task Wake up the Computer to Run in Vista Task Scheduler How to Add Defragment to Context Menu in Windows 7 and Vista
 
How to Change or Disable the QoS Reserved Bandwidth Limit in Vista By default, Vista can reserve up to 20 percent of the network bandwidth for QoS traffic handled by the QoS Packet Scheduler. One hundred percent of the network bandwidth is available to be shared by all programs unless a program (Ex: Windows Update) specifically requests priority bandwidth. This 20 percent reserved bandwidth is still available to other programs unless the requesting program (Ex: VoIP applications) is sending data. Vista can then restrict the best effort traffic to a minimum of 80 percent of the bandwidth to the other programs so that the high priority traffic can be accommodated. If the program that reserved the bandwidth is not sending sufficient data to use it, the unused part of the reserved bandwidth is available for other data flows on the same host. This will show you how to change the percentage of reserved bandwidth to what you want it to be instead, or disable the reserved bandwidth.Quality of Service (QoS) is a set of technologies for managing network traffic in a cost effective manner to enhance user experiences for home and enterprise environments. QoS technologies allow you to measure bandwidth, detect changing network conditions (such as congestion or availability of bandwidth), and prioritize or throttle traffic. For example, QoS technologies can be applied to prioritize traffic for latency-sensitive applications (such as voice or video) and to control the impact of latency-insensitive traffic (such as bulk data transfers). For more about QOS, see: Quality of Service What Is QoS?: Quality of Service (QoS) Quality of service - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This only applies if you have the Qos Packet Scheduler checked in your Local Area Connection Network properties. (See Example below). It is enabled by default in Vista.Disabling or lowering the reserved percentage to much can cause problems with applications that rely on it. For example, with streaming media or VoIP applications. EXAMPLE: Local Area Connection Network Properties (LACN) NOTE: To see this, open the Control Panel (Classic View) and click on the Networking and Sharing Center icon, Manage network connections in the upper left corner, right click on the LACN, and click Properties. Click Continue for UAC Prompt. Through the Group Policy Object Editor NOTE: This method is only available for the Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions. See Method Two or Method Three below for the Vista Home Basic and Home Premium editions. 1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor. 2. In the left pane, click on Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Network, QoS Packet Scheduler. (See screenshot below) 3. In the right pane, right click on Limit reservable bandwidth and click on Properties. (See screenshot above) 4. For Default Reserved Bandwidth A) Dot Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5B) NOTE: If you disable this setting or do not configure it, the system uses the default value of 20 percent of the connection. 5. To Change the Reserved Bandwidth A) Dot Enabled. B) Next to Bandwidth Limit (%), type in a percentage to use from 0 to 100 and click on OK. NOTE: If you change the percentage to 0, then this will disable the reserved bandwidth. 6. Close the Group Policy Object Editor window. 7. Restart the computer to apply changes. Using a REG File Download NOTE: This method will work for all Vista versions. To change the precentage to something other than 0 or 20, then see the METHOD THREE section below. 1. To Disable the Reserved Bandwidth NOTE: This changes the reserved percentage to 0 and disables the reserved bandwidth. A) Click on the download button below to download the file below. Disable_Reserved.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/disable_reserved-reg.1757/ B) Go to step 3. 2. To Restore the Default Reserved Bandwidth NOTE: The default reserved bandwidth is 20 percent. A) Click on the download button below to download the file below. Restore_Default_Reserved.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/restore_default_reserved-reg.1758/ 3. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop. 4. Right on click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge. 5. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 6. Restart the computer to apply the changes. 7. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. Manually in Registry Editor NOTE: This method will work for all Vista versions. 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter. 3. If prompted by UAC, click on the Continue button. 4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows 5. In the left pane, right click on Windows and click on New and Key. 6. Type Psched and press Enter. (See screenshot below) 7. In the right pane, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. 8. Type NonBestEffortLimit and press Enter. (See screenshot below) 9. Right click on NonBestEffortLimit and click on Modify. 10. Type in a percentage to use from 0 to 100 to be used as the reserved bandwidth and click on OK. NOTE: If you change the percentage to 0, then this will disable the reserved bandwidth. The default percentage is 20. 11. Close regedit. 12. Restart the computer to apply the changes. 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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 turn on or off and adjust how much time to display the operating system selection during boot up. EXAMPLE: Windows Boot Manager Through Startup and Recovery Options 1. Open the Control Panel (Classic View). A) Click on the System icon. B) Go to step 3. OR 2. Open the Start Menu. A) Right Click on Computer and click Properties. 3. Click on the Click to Play button in the video below. 4. To Change the Default Operating System to Start Up - A) Click on the OS to highlight it. (See frame 5 in video) B) Click on the Set as default button. 5. To Change the Amount of Time to Display the List of Operating Systems at Boot - NOTE: Also known as the Windows Boot Manager. A) Uncheck the Time to Display the List of Operating Systems at Boot box to turn off the display list at boot up. (See frame 4 in video) B) Uncheck and Check the Time to Display the List of Operating Systems at Boot box to reset to the default time of 30 seconds. C) Check the Time to Display the List of Operating Systems at Boot box to adjust the time you want to display the list. NOTE: Typing 0 (number) will effectively remove the OS choice at boot. The default time is 30. 6. To Change the Amount of Time to Display the Recovery Options When Needed - A) Uncheck the Time to Display the Recovery Options When Needed box to turn off the display of options at boot up. (See frame 4 in video) B) Uncheck and Check the Time to Display the Recovery Options When Needed box to reset to the default time of 30 seconds. C) Check the Time to Display the Recovery Options When Needed box to adjust the time you want to display options. 7. Click on OK. (See frame 6 in video) 8. Click on OK. (See frame 7 in video) [/URL] Through System Configuration 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type msconfig and press Enter. 3. If prompted, click on Continue in the UAC prompt. 4. Click on the Boot tab. (See screenshot below) 5. To Change the Default Operating System to Boot to - A) Click on the OS to highlight it. (See screenshot above) B) Click on the Set as default button. C) Go to step 8. 6. To Change the Amount of Time to Display the List of Operating Systems at Boot - A) In the Timeout field, enter a number between 3 and 999 seconds you want to have to make a OS choice at boot up. (See screenshot below step 4) B) Check the Make all boot settings permanent box. (See screenshot below step 4) C) Click on Yes to confirm. D) Click on the Restart button. (See screenshot below) NOTE: If you do not see this box, then you have checked the Don't show this message again box at some earlier time before. Be sure to restart the computer to apply the changes anyway. To restore this Restart box, see: How to Restore the System Configuration Restart Prompt in Vista WARNING: This will restart the computer immediately. Make sure you save and close anything open you do not want to lose. E) If the OS selection wait time is to short or long, then just repeat these steps and make the time changes. 7. To Delete a Operating System from the Boot List - NOTE: Vista will not let you delete the OS that is set as the Current OS; Default OS. You will need to change it to another OS listed first in step 5. A) Click on the OS you want to remove from the boot list to highlight it. (See screenshot below step 4) B) Click on the Delete button. 8. Click on OK. (See screenshot below step 4) That's it, Shawn How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista How to Change the OS Name in Windows Boot Manager How to Shrink and Create a Partition with Disk Management in Vista How to Delete and Extend a Partition with Disk Management in Vista How to Speed Up Vista Boot Up Time How to Stop System Restore Points from being Deleted in Vista when Dual Booting with XP How to See What Your Boot Up Time is in Vista
 
How to Fix Most Problems with Vista Windows Mail Windows Mail is a new version of Outlook Express with a new name for Vista. Windows Mail only supports POP3 and IMAP E-mail accounts not Web Site based accounts (EX: Hotmail or Yahoo) unless they are the paid versions with the POP3 option. Below are some solutions to the most common issues. For more information, see: www.oehelp.com/For a list of error code numbers and their description for Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail, see: Microsoft Help and Support: Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail error codes How to Remove a Stuck Undeletable Message in Windows Mail Do the section below for the folder that you have the stuck undeletable message in to remove it. The To Reset Windows Mail section will get rid of a stuck message in any folder. This is the usual error message that you will get: Unknown error has occurred, Windows Mail encountered an unexpected problem while displaying this message. Check your computer for low memory or low disk space and try again. Antivirus and other Security Programs with Windows Mail For more information on this, see: OETips #3 : Turn off email scanning in your antivirus software 1. Make sure your antivirus or any other security programs have all of their email scanning options turned off. The emailscaning option is a redundant feature. NOTE: These scanning options can corrupt Windows Mail entire message folder, or the entire message store, when it attempts to remove a message it thinks contains a potential virus. You will still be protected against infection with the antivirus program's system protection. These email scans can also cause problems with opening attachments in Windows Mail to. 2. Check the program's website for a update and install it, then install the KB941090 Update in the SECOND section below to. 3. If step 2 does not help, then you may need to uninstall the program completely until they have a update that will allow it to work properly with Windows Mail. NOTE: Older versions of Norton, McAfee, and Trend may need to be uninstalled. They have had problems working properly with Windows Mail, and simply turning off the email scanning options will not always be sufficient. If Norton does not uninstall cleanly, then you will need to use the Norton Removal Tool. If McAfee does not uninstall cleanly, then you will need to use the MCPR Removal Tool (step 2 at link). 4. If this still does not help, then your email account has been corrupted. A) Delete your current email account. (Click on Tools, Accounts in Windows Mail) WARNING: Be sure to backup (Export) any email messages you want to keep. See this tutorial for how: How to Backup and Restore Messages in Windows Mail B) Close and reopen Windows Mail. C) Add the email account again. (Click Tools, Accounts, Add, E-mail) 5. Some Free Alternative Antivirus Programs: NOTE: These work with Vista 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64) with no problems, but will need to have their email scanning options turned off as well. Avast - avast! Free Antivirus - Download Software for Virus Protection (Do a Custom install and do not install the email scanning option.) AVG - AVG Free | Download Free Antivirus | Free Antivirus Software (Do a Custom install and do not install the email scanning option.) How to Remove a Stuck Message in All Mailbox Folders The KB941090 Update will work on all Windows Mail mailbox folders for removing a stuck undeletable message. I would recommend to install it first instead of doing the manual solutions below. The KB941090 Update is already included in Vista SP1 and SP2. If you are unable to install the KB941090 update from steps 2A or 2B, then you can try the Workaround in the link in the Note for step 3 below or try manually deleting the message(s) using the Manual section below. The KB941090 update will just fix this for now. To help prevent this from happening again, read the First section above. 1. Close Windows Mail if open. 2. Download the Microsoft Help and Support: KB941090 Update Download Package for your 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64) version of Vista. NOTE: To see what bit version you have of Vista, open the Control Panel (Classic View) and click the System icon, or right click Computer in the Start Menu and click Properties. You will see the bit version under the System type section. A) Update for Windows Vista 32 bit (x86) (KB941090) < Click To Download B) Update for Windows Vista 64 bit (x64) (KB941090) < Click To Download 3. Install it. NOTE: If you get the The update does not apply to your system message (See screenshot below), then check to make sure that you downloaded the correct 32 bit or 64 bit version for your computer. If you have the correct version, then you already have it installed since the Vista SP1 and SP2 does include this update in it. You can try the Manual methods below, or the Workaround section in the link Microsoft Help and Support: KB941090 to fix this problem. 4. Reopen Windows Mail and check to see if the stuck message is gone, or that it can be deleted now. NOTE: If you still cannot delete them, then restart the computer and try again. How to Remove a Stuck Message in the Deleted Items Folder Manually : NOTE: This sometimes may slowly delete them one by one in the Deleted Items. OPTION ONE: 1. Click on another folder other than the Deleted Items folder. 2. Right click Deleted Items folder or click Edit at top. 3. Click Empty 'Deleted Items' folder. 4. Click Yes for confirmation prompt. 5. Repeat until the messages are all gone. OPTION TWO: 1. Click on Deleted Items folder to open it. 2. Click on a message to delete and click on the red X icon on the toolbar. NOTE: You can repeat this one by one for each message you want deleted, or press Ctrl+A, or clicking on Edit - Select All, and click the red X to select and delete all messages. How to Remove a Stuck Message in the Junk E-mail Folder Manually : NOTE: This sometimes may slowly delete them one by one in the Junk E-mail folder. OPTION ONE: 1. Click on another folder other than the Junk E-mail folder. 2. Right click Junk E-mail folder. 3. Click Empty 'Junk E-mail' folder. 4. Click Yes for confirmation prompt. 5. Repeat until the messages are all gone. 6. You should now be able to delete them in the Deleted Items folder. OPTION TWO: 1. Click on Junk E-mail folder to open it. 2. Click on a message to delete and click on the red X icon on the toolbar. NOTE: You can repeat this one by one for each message you want deleted, or press Ctrl+A, or clicking on Edit - Select All, and click the red X to select and delete all messages. Compact and Repair the Windows Mail Database NOTE: WMUtil is a small utility to allow users to compact and repair the Windows Mail database in Windows Vista. The Windows Mail database periodically needs compacting and defragmenting to function with maximal performance. Currently there is no manual method to compact the database in Windows Mail, unless one tinkers with the values set at Tools | Options | Advanced | Maintenance. WMUtil allows the user to manually compact the database to remove any wasted space from it. Occasionally the database becomes corrupted as indicated for example by the inability of being able to delete messages from various folders. The Windows Mail database has a built-in repair feature that can sometimes fix such problems. Windows Mail provides no access to this feature, so clicking on the Repair button will manually run the repair feature on the database. Clicking on the Clear Outbox button will remove references in the database to phantom outbox messages. 1. Download and install WMutil, then just follow that site's instructions step by step for the "program operation". Check Email at Online Access NOTE: Sometimes a email will get stuck at your email provider's online website access where you can alternatively access your email other than from your computer. 1. Log in to you online email access for the account that you have in Windows Mail that has a stuck message. 2. See if you can resend or delete the stuck message here. Alternatives to Windows Mail NOTE: If you are not comfortable doing the steps in this tutorial, continue to have problems with Windows Mail even after this, or just tired of messing with Windows Mail, then I would recommend for you to switch (upgrade) to the free: Windows Live Mail : To Read About It see: http://morethanmail.spaces.live.com/ NOTE: It supports Pop3, IMAP, HTTP website (EX: Hotmail) email, and is a lot more stable. Plus, WLM will minimize to a tray bar icon, checks spelling as you type messages, and has a separate Inbox for each email account. WLM will automatically import Windows Mail messages, accounts, and settings into it. Contacts will have to be manually imported from within WLM. (Tools, Contacts, File, Import, Address book for current Windows User.) To see the Menu bar, press ALT+M and check "Show all menus". For 32 bit and 64 bit Vista: Windows Live Suite Downloads OR Mozilla Thunderbird : http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/ How to Backup and Reset Windows Mail This fixes all mailbox folders, message, or account corruption problems in Windows Mail. Contacts will not be affected. If you have created any stationery, then you will need to back it up and add it back manually later. Windows Mails stores stationery by default at: C:\Users\(User Name)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Stationery unless you have manually saved it somewhere else. This is a hidden System file location. For how to see it, see OPTION TWO here: How to Hide or Show Hidden Files and Folders in Vista . You can see more about stationery here: How to Use and Create Stationery in Windows Mail To Backup Your Email Messages to Restore Later NOTE: If you do not have or want any email messages to be backed up, then skip this part. You will lose all messages not backed up. To restore, see step 13 in the OPTION FOUR section below. 1. For how, see: How to Backup and Restore Messages in Windows Mail To Backup Your Email Account(s) to Restore Later NOTE: If you do not want to back up your account(s) or it is corrupted, then skip this part. You will lose all accounts not backed up. To restore, see step 12 in the OPTION FOUR section below. 1. Create a new folder named Accounts in C:\Users\(username)\Documents. 2. Open Folder Options and click View tab. NOTE: Folder Options is in Control Panel (click Classic View) or Tools menu in a Explorer window. A) Check Show Hidden files and folders. B) Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types. C) Click on OK to apply and close Folder Options. 3. Go to: C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Local Folders 4. In Local Folders, right click the account{whatever #'s}.oeaccount file and click on Copy. 5. Go to C:\Users\(username)\Documents\Accounts and right click on a empty area and click Paste. NOTE: If you have multiple accounts, repeat steps 4 to 5 for each account. 6. Close both windows. NOTE: Your email account information is now backed up in: C:\Users\(username)\Documents\Accounts To Backup Windows Mail Settings to Restore Later NOTE: These settings are stored in the registry. To restore, see step 14 in the OPTION FOUR section below. 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter. 3. If prompted, click on Continue in the UAC prompt. 4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Mail 5. To Backup All Of Windows Mail Settings - WARNING: If your Windows Mail is corrupted or not working properly, then skip backing this up. Only backup the individual ONLY backups (steps 6, 7, or 8) instead. NOTE: If you do this step, then skip steps 6, 7, and 8. They are all included in this one. A) In the left pane, right click on Windows Mail and click on Export. B) Go to step 9. 6. To Only Backup Junk Mail Settings - NOTE: This includes your Safe and Block Senders Lists. A) In the left pane, right click on Junk Mail and click on Export. B) Go to step 9. 7. To Only Backup Message Rules Settings - A) In the left pane, right click on Rules and click on Export. B) Go to step 9. 8. To Only Backup Signatures - A) In the left pane, right click on signatures and click on Export. B) Go to step 9. 9. Type in a name, Windows Mail Settings as an example, and Save the .reg file to the Desktop. NOTE: This Windows Mail Settings.reg file is your backup. 10. Repeat steps 6 to 9 for doing individual backups only. NOTE: If you did step 5, then you do not need to do steps 6 to 8. They are all included in step 5. To Reset Windows Mail NOTE: If you are just restoring your Windows Mail settings and messages to a new Vista install or user account, then you can skip the Reset part and go to step 12 below to restore from the backups above. 1. Close Windows Mail if open. 2. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc keys together to open Task manager. 3. Click on the Processes tab. (See screenshot below) 4. If WinMail.exe is listed, then: (See screenshot above) NOTE: If WinMail.exe is not listed, then close Task Manager and go to step 5. A) Click on WinMail.exe to highlight it and click End Process button. NOTE: If you have more than one WinMail.exe listed, then repeat this for each one. B) Click on End process button for the confirmation prompt. (See screenshot below) C) Close Task Manager. 5. Open the Start Menu. A) In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter. B) Click on the Continue button in the UAC prompt. C) In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Mail D) In the left pane, right click on Windows Mail and click on Delete. E) Click on Yes to confirm the deletion. (See screenshot below) F) Close Regedit. 6. Open Folder Options and click on the View tab. (See screenshot below) NOTE: Folder Options is in Control Panel (click Classic View) or Tools menu in a Explorer window. A) Check (dot) Show hidden files and folders. NOTE: For more on this, See: How to Hide or Show Hidden Files and Folders in Vista B) Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types. C) Click on OK to apply and close Folder Options. 7. Open a Windows Explorer window and go to the folder: (See screenshot below) C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail 8. Open the Windows Mail folder and Delete all the contents (files and folders) inside the folder. (See screenshot below) WARNING: Do not delete the Windows Mail folder itself. 9. Close this window. 10. Restart the computer. 11. When Vista is done restarting, open Windows Mail and then close Windows Mail again when it is finished opening. NOTE: This, steps 10 and 11, will now rebuild Windows Mail and it's registry settings to a clean state. 12. To Restore Your Account(s) Back NOTE: If you skipped backing up your account(s) in Option Two above, then see * below. A) Close Windows Mail if still open. B) Go to: C:\Users\(username)\Documents\Accounts C) Right click the account{whatever #'s}.oeaccount file and click Copy. D) Go to: C:\Users\(username)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Local Folders E) In Local Folders, right click on a empty area and click Paste. NOTE: Repeat steps B to D if you have multiple accounts for each account{whatever #'s}.oeaccount file. * If you skipped backing up your account, then: Click on Tools in the main Windows Mail screen. Click on Accounts Click on Add Choose E-mail Enter your email account information from your email provider. 13. To Restore Your E-mail Messages Back NOTE: If you skipped backing up your messages above, then skip this step your messages have been deleted. A) For how, see: How to Backup and Restore Messages in Windows Mail 14. To Restore the Windows Mail Settings Back A) Right click on the Windows Mail Settings.reg backup file (on Desktop) and click Merge. NOTE: If you backed up a individual setting, then do the same for it's .reg file. B) Click on the Run button for Security Warning pop-up. C) Click on Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 15. Open Windows Mail. 16. Verify everything is working and copied over ok, then delete the backups if you like. 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How to Set and Unset the Read-only File and Folder Attribute in Vista By default in Vista, folders do not have a read-only attribute. Only files have a read-only attribute. Any changes to the folder's read-only box will only affect the files inside the folder, then the read-only box will default back to blue when you check it again. This will show you how to set and unset the read-only attribute of a file or folder in Vista.Read-only files cannot be modified. They can only be copied, moved, renamed, or deleted. Read-only box blue = File or folder is not read-only. Default setting. Read-only box checked = File or folder is set as read-only. Read-only box empty = File or folder is currently being set as not read-only. If you copy a read-only file, the copy will not be read-only. It is possible that changing a read-only file can cause a program that relies on the file to stop working properly, so be sure that it's okay to change a read-only file before you proceed. If You cannot view or change the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, in Windows Vista or in Windows 7 Through the File or Folder Properties Page Through a Folder Properties Page 1. Right click on a folder that you want to make the files inside of it read-only, and click on Properties. NOTE: The read-only box will always default back to being filled in with blue. A undetermined state of not being read-only. This is not read-only. 2. Click the General tab. (See screenshot below) 3. To Set Files in Folder as Read-only - A) Check the Read-only box and click OK. (See screenshot below) NOTE: This will only set the read-only attribute for all of the files in this folder and it's subfolders. It does not affect the folder itself. See: Microsoft Help and Support: KB326549 B) Click on OK to confirm changes. (See screenshot below) 4. To Unset Files in the Folder as Read-only - NOTE: If the folder is a system folder, then you may need to use METHOD TWO below to remove the read-only attribute of the files in the folder instead. A) Click on the Read-only box until it is blank without the blue square. (See screenshot below) NOTE: This will unset the read-only attribute for all of the files in this folder and it's subfolders. It does not affect the folder itself. B) Click on OK. (See screenshot above) C) Click on OK to confirm changes. (See screenshot below) NOTE: If this is a system folder, then you will have to approve the other pop-ups as well. Through a File Properties Page 1. Right click on the file you want to make read-only, and click on Properties. 2. Click on the General tab. (See screenshots below) 3. To Set a File as Read-only - A) Check the Read-only box. (See right screenshot below step 4) B) Go to step 5. 4. To Unset a File as Read-only - NOTE: If this was a system file, then you may need to use METHOD TWO below to remove the read-only attribute instead. A) Uncheck the Read-only box. (See left screenshot below) NOTE: To unset read-only for all files in a folder, see step 4 in the above section. 5. Click on OK to apply. (See screenshots above) NOTE: If this is a system file, then you will have to approve the other pop-ups as well. Through a Command Prompt with the ATTRIB Command For a File NOTE: This options is if you want to set or unset a file as read-only. 1. Open a elevated command prompt. 2. To Set a File as Read-only - A) In the command prompt, type attrib +r "Full path of file" and press Enter. (See screenshot below) NOTE: Substitute "Full path of file" for the actual full path of the file. For example, attrib +r "C:\Users\Moderator\Desktop\Test.txt" B) Go to step 4. 3. To Unset a File as Read-only - A) In the command prompt, type attrib -r "Full path of file" and press Enter. (See screenshot below) NOTE: Substitute "Full path of file" for the actual full path of the file. For example, attrib -r "C:\Users\Moderator\Desktop\Test.txt" 4. Close the elevated command prompt. 5. You can verify the read-only status of the file using METHOD ONE (Option Two) above. For a Folder NOTE: This option is if you want to set or unset all files in a folder as read-only. 1. Open a elevated command prompt. 2. To Set All Files in a Folder as Read-only - A) In the command prompt, type the command below and press Enter. (see screenshot below) NOTE: Substitute Full path of folder for the actual full path of the folder. attrib +r "Full path of folder\*.*" /S /D FOR EXAMPLE: I would type this command exactly as below for a folder on my desktop. attrib +r "C:\Users\UserName\Desktop\Folder\*.*" /S /D 3. To Unset All Files in Folder as Read-only - A) In the command prompt, type the command below and press Enter. (see screenshot below) NOTE: Substitute Full path of folder for the actual full path of the folder. attrib -r "Full path of folder\*.*" /S /D FOR EXAMPLE: I would type this command exactly as below for a folder on my desktop. attrib -r "C:\Users\UserName\Desktop\Folder\*.*" /S /D That's it, Shawn How to Open and Change Folder Options in Vista How to Hide or Show Hidden Files and Folders in Vista How to Show and Change a File Name Extension in Vista How to Disable or Enable Simple File Sharing in Vista How to See the Folder Size in Vista How to Take Ownership of a Item in Vista Cannot Rename or Move a File or Folder in Vista Fix
 
How to Change the Advanced Appearance Settings in Vista This will show you how to change the Advanced Appearance settings that affect the size, color, and text for all windows in Vista. Here's How: 1. Right click on a empty area of your desktop and click on Personalize. (See screenshot below) 2. Click on Window Color and Appearace. (See screenshot below) 3. Click Open classic appearance properties for more color options. (See screenshot below) NOTE: If the color scheme Windows Aero (All Vista editions except Home Basic) or Windows Vista Standard (Only Vista Home Basic) is not running, then you will not see this screen. Instead you will see the screen below step 4 instead. To change the clor scheme, see: How to Change the Color Scheme in Vista A) Click on a color you want to use for the windows, Start menu, and Taskbar. B) Adjust the Color intensity by sliding the bar to the left to decrease the intensity and to the right to increase the intensity. NOTE: If the Color intensity is set to far to the right, then the window borders and taskbar may be to dark to be transparent if enabled. 4. Click on the Advanced button. (See screenshot below) NOTE: The Windows Aero color scheme is not available for the Vista Home Basic version. The Vista Home Basic edition will have the Windows Vista Standard color scheme instead. 5. You will now see the Advanced Appearance settings window. 6. To Change a Window Item Setting : (See screenshots above) A) To Select a Item - Click on the Item drop down menu and select a window item you want to change. NOTE: You can also click on the different displayed windows at the top of the Advanced Appearance window to select a Item to. B) To Change the Item Size - Change the Size number to what you want. C) To Change the Item Color - Click on the Color 1 and Color 2 drop down menu and select a color. NOTE: The Color 1 and Color 2 refer to items like the title bar and how it fades from Color 1 to Color 2 across the bar. However, the color change will only work in the Windows Classic theme. See: How to Change the Color Scheme in Vista 7. To Change the Font Settings for the Selected Item - (See screenshots below step 5) NOTE: The font settings that are grayed out are not available with the selected color scheme. See: How to Change the Color Scheme in Vista and How to Change the Default Vista Fonts A) To Change the Item Font - Click on the Font drop down menu and select a font. (See screenshot below) B) To Change the Item Font Size - Click on the Size drop down menu and select a number for the size. The higher the number, the larger the size. C) To Change the Item Font Color - Click on the Color drop down menu and select a color. D) To Have the Item Font in Bold - Click the B button to highlight it. If it is not highlighted, then the font will not be in bold. E) To Have the Item Font in Italic - Click on the I button to highlight it. If it is not highlighted, then the font will not be in italic. 8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you change all the Items you wanted. 9. Click OK when done. (See screenshot below step 5) 10. Click OK to apply. (See screenshot below step 4) 11. Close the Personalization window. (See screenshot below step 3B) That's it, Shawn How to Backup and Restore Advanced Appearance Settings in Windows How to Change the Size of Window Borders in Vista How to Change the Visual Effects Options for Appearance and Performance in Vista How to Open and Change Folder Options in Vista How to Open Each Folder in the Same or it's Own Separate Window in Vista How to Change a Default Open Window Size for a Shortcut in Vista How to Change the ClearType Font Settings in Vista How to Enable or Disable Aero Glass Transparency How to Change the Color Scheme in Vista How to Change the DPI Scale in Vista How to Change the Screen Resolution in Vista How to Change the Default Vista Fonts How to Change a Computer Event Sound in Vista How to Change the Desktop Theme in Vista How to Enable or Disable the Translucent Selection Rectangle in Vista How to Display Small or Large Icons in the Vista Start Menu How to Change the Color Bit Depth Settings in Vista How to Allow or Prevent the Color Scheme to be Changed in Vista
 
How to Create a Vista Installation USB Key This will show you how to create a USB flash key drive that you can boot from to install Vista with.If the USB flash drive is of sufficient capacity, say 8GB, then after copying the Vista installation DVD onto it, you can create a new folder (ex: Device Drivers) in the USB key and place all of your latest driver installation files in it. This way you will have them handy to manually install the drivers after installing Vista from the USB key. You can only create a 32-bit Vista USB key from within a 32-bit OS (ex: Vista or XP). You can only create a 64-bit Vista USB key from within a 64-bit OS (ex: Vista or XP). The USB key needs to be at least 4 GB in size. You must have a Retail Vista installation DVD, not a OEM Vista recovery CD. This will delete everything on the USB key. Be sure to save anything that you do not want to lose on it somewhere else. Before installing Vista from the USB key, you will need to: Enable Legacy USB storage detect in the BIOS Temporarily set the USB FDD (USB Flash Disk Drive) to be listed right before the hard drive (or partition) that you will be installing Vista on in the hard drive Boot Priority order list in the BIOS. After you are finished installing Vista from the USB key, make the Vista hard drive (or partition) listed first in the hard drive Boot Priority order list in the BIOS. Create Vista Installation USB Key using Vista ISO You will need to have a Vista ISO file to do this option. If you like, you can use the Create image file from disc feature of the free program ImgBurn with a retail Vista installation DVD to create a Vista ISO file. If you do not have a retail Vista installation DVD, then you can download and create an official Vista ISO file using the tutorial here: Installation & Upgrade - Vista ISO - Download and Create Installation DVD or USB 1. Download and install the trial version of UltraIso. 2. Plug in your USB key. 3. Right click on the UltraIso shortcut, and click on Run as administrator. 4. Click on File (menu bar) and Open. (See screenshot below) 5. Navigate to your Vista ISO file and select it and click on the Open button. (See screenshot below) 6. In the bottom Local pane, select your USB flash key drive. (See screenshot below) 7. Click on Bootable (menu bar) and Write Disk Image. (See screenshot above) 8. Make sure the locations are correct, and check the Verify box and click on the Write button. (See screenshot below) 9. Click on Yes to confirm writing to the USB drive. 10. When it's done, click on the Close button. (See screenshot below) 11. You now have a Vista installation USB flash key drive. :) Manually Create Vista Installation USB Key 1. Plug the USB key in. 2. If AutoPlay opens a pop-up for the USB key, then just close it. NOTE: Make note of what the drive size is for the USB key for step 6 below. You can also open Computer (step 21) to see what the drive size is to. For example, mine is 3920 MB. 3. Open an elevated command prompt. 4. In the elevated command prompt, type diskpart and press Enter. (See screenshot below) 5. In the elevated command prompt, type list disk and press Enter. (See screenshot below) NOTE: Make note of what disk # your USB key is listed as for step 6 below. You can also look for the drive size (step 2) for the USB key to help ID the disk number. For example, mine is listed as Disk 1 here for the 3920 MB disk. 6. In the elevated command prompt, type select disk # (your USB disk #) and press Enter. (See screenshot below) NOTE: You can also look for the drive size (step 2) for the USB key to help ID the disk number. For example, my USB key is listed as Disk 1, so I would type select disk 1 and press Enter. 7. In the elevated command prompt, type clean and press Enter. (See screenshot below) 8. In the elevated command prompt, type create partition primary and press Enter. (See screenshot below) 9. In the elevated command prompt, type select partition 1 and press Enter. (See screenshot below) 10. In the elevated command prompt, type active and press Enter. (See screenshot below) 11. In the elevated command prompt, type format fs=ntfs and press Enter. (See screenshot below) NOTE: This may take a few moments to finish formatting the USB key. 12. If AutoPlay opens a pop-up for the USB key, then just close it. 13. In the elevated command prompt, type assign and press Enter. (See screenshot below) NOTE: This will assign a new drive letter to the USB key. Make note of the new USB drive letter for step 19 below. For example, mine is now H. 14. If AutoPlay opens a pop-up for the USB key, then just close it. NOTE: Make note of the new USB drive letter for step 18 below. For example, mine is now H. 15. In the elevated command prompt, type exit and press Enter. (See screenshot below) NOTE: This will exit you from DiskPart from step 4. 16. Insert your retail Vista installation DVD into the DVD drive. 17. If AutoPlay opens a pop-up for the retail Vista installation DVD, then just close it. NOTE: Make note of what the drive letter is for the DVD drive that has the retail Vista installation DVD in for step 19 below. You can also open Computer (step 21) to see what the drive letter is to. (See right screenshot below) 18. In the elevated command prompt, type cd\ and press Enter. (See screenshot below) 19. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (See screenshot below) WARNING: Subtitute the letter F with your actual DVD drive letter (step 17), and substitute H with your actual USB key drive letter (step 13). F:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 H: 20. When it finishes, close the elevated command prompt. 21. Open the Start Menu, and right click on the Computer button and click on Open. 22. Right click on the DVD drive (ex: F: ) that has the retail Vista installation DVD, and click on Open. (See screenshot below) 23. Highlight all of the contents, right click on the highlighted contents, and click on Copy. (See screenshot below) NOTE: You will need to copy all of the files and folders on the retail Vista installation DVD to the USB key. 24. Go back to Computer, right click on the USB key drive (ex: H ), and click on Paste. (See screenshot below) 25. The contents of the retail Vista installation DVD will now start copying over to the USB key. NOTE: This may take a few moments to complete. 26. When finished, you can close the Computer window and unplug the USB key. 27. You now have a Vista installation USB flash drive. Before installing Vista from the USB key, you will need to: Enable Legacy USB storage detect in the BIOS Temporarily set the USB FDD (USB Flash Disk Drive) to be listed right before the hard drive (or partition) that you will be installing Vista on in the hard drive Boot Priority order list in the BIOS. After you are finished installing Vista from the USB key, make the Vista hard drive (or partition) listed first in the hard drive Boot Priority order list in the BIOS. That's it, Shawn How to Download a Vista ISO and Create an Installation DVD or USB How to Create a Vista SP1 Slipstream Installation DVD How to Create a Vista Recovery Disc How to Do a Clean Install of Vista with a Upgrade Version How to Do a Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista How to Do a Custom Installation of Vista How to Create a YUMI MultiBoot USB Flash Drive for Windows
 
How to Add "Select all" to Context Menu in Vista By default in Vista, you have to either click on Edit (Menu bar) and Select all or press CTRL+A to select all items in a Windows Explorer window. This will show you how to add Select all to the context menu of the desktop and blank area in a folder window for all users to be able to easily select all items in a Windows Explorer window in Vista. While you must be logged in as an administrator to add or remove the context menu, all users will be able to use the context menu. EXAMPLE: "Select all" added to context menu NOTE: You would right click on a empty area on the desktop and in a folder window to see these. To Add "Select all" to Context Menu 1. Click on the Download button below to download the .zip file below, and save it to your desktop. Add_Select_all.zip https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/add_select_all-zip.28753/ 2. Unblock the .zip file. 3. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the Add_Select_all.reg and selectall.vbs files to your desktop. 4. Move the selectall.vbs file into your C:\Windows folder. If prompted, click on Continue to approve. 5. Double click on the Add_Select_all.reg file to merge it. 6. If prompted, click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge. 7. Select all has now been added to the context menu in Vista. 8. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded files. To Remove "Select all" from Context Menu NOTE: This is the default setting. 1. Click on the Download button below to download the .reg file below, and save it to your desktop. Remove_Select_all.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/remove_select_all-reg.28754/ 2. Double click on the downloaded .reg file to merge it. 3. If prompted, click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and OK. 4. Open the C:\Windows folder, and delete the selectall.vbs file. 5. Select all has now been removed from the context menu in Vista. 6. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file. That's it, Shawn How to Select Files Using a Check Box in Vista Windows Explorer Cannot Select Multiple Files and Folders Fix for Vista How to Enable or Disable Full Row Select in Vista Windows Explorer How to Enable or Disable the Translucent Selection Rectangle in Vista
 
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.The Recovery Disc created here does not install Vista. It is also not like the OEM Vista recovery DVD that comes with most store bought computers created from the factory recovery partition. Instead it is used only to boot from to repair your already installed Vista. See the example below for the options available from the recovery disc when booted from.This can be useful if you only have a OEM Vista recovery DVD or partition and would like to have a dvd to boot from to repair your Vista instead of reinstalling it. Plus, the recovery disk files are small enough to fit on a CD if you do not want to or can use a DVD. EXAMPLE: System Recovery Options screen NOTE: Using the Recovery Disc you create below, you can boot to the System Recovery Options screen below. Here's How: Replace the recdisc.exe file If you have SP1 or SP2 installed, then you will need to replace the recdisc.exe file installed by SP1/SP2 with a non-SP retail version below instead for the 32 bit or 64 bit version of Vista that you have installed. To see what 32-bit or 64-bit version of Vista you have, open the Control Panel (Classic View) and click the System icon, or right click Computer in the Start Menu and click Properties. You will see the bit version under the System type section. If you ever run the sfc /scannow command, then it will restore the old original non-working copy of the recdisc.exe file, and you would have to do this STEP ONE section again to be able to create a Vista Recovery Disc. 1. If You Have 32 bit (x86) Vista Installed A) Click on the Download button below to download the recdisc_x86.zip file. https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/recdisc_x86-zip.3200/ B) Go to step 3. 2. If You Have 64 bit (x64) Vista Installed A) Click on the Download button below to download the recdisc_x64.zip file. https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/recdisc_x64-zip.3199/ 3. Save the ZIP file to your desktop. 4. Right click on the ZIP file (on desktop), and click on Open. 5. If prompted by UAC, then click on Allow. 6. Extract (drag and drop) the recdisc.exe file to the desktop. NOTE: You can delete the ZIP file (on desktop) when done if you like afterwards. 7. Right click on the extracted recdisc.exe file, click on Properties, General tab, the Unblock button, and on OK. NOTE: If you do not have a Unblock button under the General tab, then the shortcut is already unblocked and you can continue on to step 8. 8. In Windows Explorer, navigate to C:\Windows\System32\recdisc.exe. (See screenshot below) 9. Take ownership of and set permissions to Allow your user account Full Control of the recdisc.exe file at the location in step 8. 10. Right click on the extracted recdisc.exe file on the desktop from step 6, and click on Cut. 11. Go back to the C:\Windows\System32\recdisc.exe window and right click on a empty area and click on Paste. (See screenshot below step 13) 12. Click on Copy and Replace and Continue. 13. Right click on recdisc.exe, and click on Send To and Desktop (create shortcut). 14. Move the shortcut to where you like for easy use. Creating a Recovery Disc 15. Double click on the recdisc.exe shortcut on your desktop created from above to run the program. 16. Select your DVD drive, and click on create disc. (See screenshot below. 17. Insert your retail Vista installation DVD into the CD/DVD drive, and click on Continue. (See screenshot below) 18. You will now see this. (See screenshot below) 19. After a little bit, it will ask you to replace the Vista installation DVD with a blank CD or DVD. A) Insert a blank CD or DVD into your CD/DVD drive and click on OK. (See screenshot below) 20. When it is finished, click on Close for both windows. (See screenshots below) 21. Now you can boot from this Recovery Disc to go to the System Recovery Options screen in the example above. That's it, Shawn How To Perform a Repair Installation For Vista How to Do a Startup Repair in Vista How to Do a System Restore in Vista How to Restore the Complete Computer from a Complete Backup and Restore Image in Vista How to Use the Memory Diagnostics Tool in Vista List of Commands for Vista and How to Use Them How to Create a Vista SP1 Slipstream Installation DVD How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Thumb Drive to Install Vista How to Do a Custom Installation of Vista
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