Extract Files from Vista Installation DVD

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How to Extract Files from the Vista Installation DVD

This will show you how to extract original files from the retail Vista installation DVD. You can then use these extracted files to replace missing or corrupted system files in your current Vista installation.Normally you will find out that you have corrupted system files that cannot be repaired after your run a sfc /scannow command and look at it's log report.

Here's How:
1. Download and install the same free 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)...

Windows Update Error 80070424

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Windows Update Error 80070424 in Vista

All aspects of this error -how to fix

This error may be caused trouble with following services

-Backgroung Inteligence Transfer Service
-Windows Update
-Windows Modules Installer



Go to Start>>Search>>services.msc
and check below services exist, have correct settings and are working

BITS :Automatic(Delayed),started

Windows Update : Automatic(Delayed),started...

Background Inteligence Transfer Service - Fix

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How to Fix the Background Inteligence Transfer Service in Vista

Any issue with this service cause problems with Windows Update

Due to this you may get following Windows Update error codes:



Check service settings:

Go to:


and make sure Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) service is started and set to Automatic (Delayed Start)
if you have another settings you have to correct it,if you don't change setting or...

Folder Icon - Change Vista Default Folder Icon

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How to Change the Vista Default Folder Icon

This will show you how to change all of the default yellow folder icons in Windows Explorer to any custom icon that you want instead in Vista.

User Folder icons will not be affected by this.If you have thumbnails turned on, then only empty folders will have the new icon displayed in Windows Explorer when the folder view is set to anything other than Small icons, Details, or List. Otherwise the folders will have a thumbnail preview icon when the...

Context Menu (Desktop) - Application Shortcuts

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How To Add Application Shortcuts To The Desktop Context Menu

This tutorial aims to show you how to add application and batch file shortcuts to the desktop context menu. More precisely it aims to provide a template for this. Possible uses of the method include adding shortcuts for the Registry Editor, Command Prompt, and Task Manager. See the Examples section for several ideas.

1. Choose an executable or batch file as your target. In the figures I have chosen Firefox. You may...

Startup Orb - Change

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How To Change the Vista Startup Orb

This tutorial shows you how to change the Windows orb seen at the conclusion of the Vista boot sequence. The method for doing so is quite straightforward. The orb is composed of four images in a DLL within System32. By altering these images it can be replaced with Tux for example. Altering a system file is never completely safe. Please see the section of this tutorial entitled Protection Measures before restarting.This method has only been done on...

Programs - Replace System Program without Modifying System Files or Permissions

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How to Replace a System Program without Modifying System Files or Permissions

If you like to use replacements for system programs like notepad.exe or calc.exe then this is for you. This will show you how to use a popular replacement for notepad.exe or any other exe by using "Image File Execution Options" key in your registry.

You must have Administrator privileges to edit the registry key and these settings affect all users but this is very simple, does NOT involve taking over file...

BSOD - Debugging a BSOD in Vista

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How to Debug a BSOD in Vista

You might have been directed to Vox's BSOD troubleshooting via Vistax64 forums but STOP errors are caused by 4 key problems:

1. New hardware physically installed that is causing problems or its drivers are causing problems.
2. New software installed that is causing problems or its drivers/services may be causing Vista to STOP.
3. A virus infection could also be causing Vista to fall over.
4. Any system changes via the registry or services control panel that a...

Custom Install Vista

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How to Do a Custom Installation of Vista

This will show you how to do custom installation to have a clean install of Vista without formating the current Windows installation to have this previous Windows backed up to the Windows.old folder during the installation of Vista. This will replace your currently installed Windows installation with Vista.

The C:\Windows.old folder contains all of the folders and files that were in the previous installation of Microsoft Windows.MINIMUM SYSTEM...

Windows.old Folder - Delete

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How to Delete the Windows.old Folder in Vista

If you performed a custom installation (not a upgrade installation), without formatting the drive for a clean install, and selected to install Vista on the same partition of the previous Windows installation, then this will show you how to delete the Windows.old folder generated during installation.

The C:\Windows.old folder contains folders and files from the previous Windows installation.For how to restore a computer to a previous Windows...

Windows.old folder - Restore into a new installation

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How to Restore your Windows.old Folder into a New Installation

When you install Windows on top of another Windows or do a upgrade install, the previously installed Windows files and settings will be backed up to the Windows.old folder. This tutorial will show you how to restore the files and folders from the windows.old folder to the currently installed Windows.

This means that any documents, settings, and programs will be restored to their previous positions and settings.
It will look...

Default File Type Associations - Restore

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Restore Default Vista File Extension Type Associations

This will allow you to restore the default registry entries and program associations for the Vista file extension type of your choice.

This can be helpful for example when a file extension type opens with the wrong program by default, has the wrong icon, or is missing or corrupted in the registry. Downloading the .reg file for the selected file extension in the tutorial below, will restore that file extension back to default for all of...

Sliptream Vista SP2

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How to Slipstream Vista SP2

This will show you how to create a Vista SP2 slipstream installation disc.

Thanks to Flavius.


A Windows Vista installation DVD
A copy of SP1 standalone installer from Microsoft (If you have an SP1 disc Sp1 stand alone is not required!)
A copy of SP2 standalone installer from Microsoft
A Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) installer from Microsoft
A registered copy of UltraISO

Here's How:

Warning:~ Do not install Product key!

1. Install...

SP2 Prerelease Version - Uninstall

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How to Uninstall the Vista SP2 Prerelease Evaluation Version
The prerelease version of SP2 is time-limited software. If you installed a Vista SP2 prelease version, then you cannot install the final Vista SP2 version until you have uninstalled the prelease version of the service pack. This will show you how to uninstall the Vista SP2 prerelease. For more information on this, see: Information about Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and for Windows Server 2008

This prerelease version of the...

SP2 Disk Cleanup Tool

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How to Use the Vista SP2 Disk Cleanup Tool

This will show you how to run the Vista SP2 Cleanup tool to permanently remove the Vista RTM and SP1 backed up files created during the installion of the Vista SP2 to gain more hard drive space.Running the Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Disk Clean-up tool permanently removes the ability to uninstall the Vista SP1 and SP2. Do not run this tool unless you have no plans of uninstalling the Vista SP1 or SP2 and just want to save or regain hard drive...

Convert FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS

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How to Convert a FAT or FAT32 Volume to NTFS in Vista

This will show you how to convert a drive or partition volume with a FAT (FAT16) or FAT32 file system to a NTFS file system in Vista without having to format the volume and lose your data on it.Before you start to convert a FAT or FAT32 volume to NTFS, please consider the following limitations and requirements:

UDF and CDfs file systems are only used with optical media and cannot be converted to NTFS.
FAT12 is the only format used on...

Sync Center - Disable Mobsync.exe

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How to Disable Sync Center Mobsync.exe in Vista

We all at some stage have asked the question ‘What the hell is mobsync and how do i disable it?’ and been left scratching your head, especially if your the proud owner of Windows Vista.

Well to be straight with you it annoys me when people give definite answers on how to disable the feature when clearly its not the same as XP, Speculation has lead people to believe its a networking tool for your Internet connection, well almost right but not...

Task Manager - Create Elevated Shortcut

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How to Create a Elevated Vista Task Manager Shortcut

This will show you how to create a elevated Task Manager shortcut that will run as an administrator in Vista when opened. It will open as if you clicked Show processes from all users in the default Task Manager.
EXAMPLE: Default Task Manager and Elevated Task Manager

Here's How:
1. Right click on a empty space on the desktop and click on New and Shortcut.

2. Copy and Paste the location below, and click on the Next button. (See...

Internet Explorer Accelerator Button - Turn On or Off

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Turn On or Off IE8 and IE9 Display Accelerator Button on Selection
This will show you how to have the Accelerator button to display or not display when text is selected or highlighted in IE8 and IE9. By default this is set to display.
EXAMPLE: Display Accelerator button on selection ON
NOTE: When turned on, you can click on the accelerator blue arrow button displayed when selecting text in Internet Explorer to see and select from any enabled accelerator add-on.

EXAMPLE: Display Accelerator...

Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

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How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

This will show you how to install Windows Vista and XP to dual boot with when you already have either Windows Vista or XP installed first.With a dual boot installaton, you will have two operating systems (OS) installed. When you start the computer, you will have the choice to choose which OS you would like to start up to. This method is the easiest way of doing a dual boot with these two operating systems.To stop XP from...