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Windows Vista Tutorials, Tricks and Tips.
Jan 05
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How to See What Your Boot Up Time is in Vista

To optimize the boot/shutdown of Windows, it is necessary to know precisely the reboot time of the computer to be able to refine its adjustments.
But rather than having the hand on a stop watch at the time of the reboot, better use this easy way. You will appreciate how simple it is to use.
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Jan 11
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How to Speed Up the Performance of Vista

This is a list of suggestions that will show you how to speed up the performance of Vista.
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Jan 05
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How to Speed Up Shut Down in Vista

This will show you how to set the amount of time Vista waits for programs to save data and close before shutting down. Decreasing this time will speed up the shutdown process.
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Jan 05
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How to Set Up a Timed Hibernate

SysInternals (now owned by Microsoft) have a free software package called PsTools - which includes a tool called PsShutdown. This has many more features than the conventional shutdown.exe found in Windows, one of which being the ability to do a timed shutdown.
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Jan 11
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How to Fix a Corrupted Recycle Bin in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

If you cannot Empty Recycle Bin or delete a file or folder inside the Recycle Bin, then this will show you how to fix the corrupted Recycle Bin so that you can by resetting it.
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Jan 11
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How to Enable or Disable Hibernation in Vista

This will show you how to enable or disable Hibernate in Vista. This can be easily done if you accidentally wiped out the hiberfil.sys file Cleaner in Disk Cleanup.
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Jan 11
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How to Restore the Recycle Bin back to the Desktop in Vista

This will show you how to restore the Recycle Bin back to the desktop if it was deleted by mistake or is missing.
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Jan 11
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How to Start Vista in Safe Mode

This will show you how to start Vista in Safe Mode with a minimal set of drivers and services.
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Jan 11
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How to Increase Hard Drive Performance in Vista

This will show you how to increase the hard drive performance by enabling Advanced Performance, disabling NTFS from creating 8.3 versions of file names, and defragging on a regular schedule.
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Jan 04
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How to Change What Superfetch will Preload in Vista

Superfetch monitors which applications you use the most and preloads these into your system memory (RAM) so they'll be ready when you need them. This will show you how to change Superfetch to preload only the Boot files, Program files, or the default both Boot and Program files into memory.
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Jan 04
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How to Reset Reliability Monitor in Vista

This will show you how to reset Reliability Monitor back to a clean default slate in Vista. This can be handy if you had fixed the errors, Reliability Monitor is not working properly, or you just wanted to clear the reported data in Reliabilty Monitor.
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Jan 11
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Defragmenting speeds up the system dramatically, BUT using the default defragmenter doesn't defrag file fragments bigger than 64MB. Command Prompt allows for defrag of all files regardless of size.
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Jan 11
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How to Change the Return to Sleep Timeout for a Unattended Wake Up in Vista

This will show you how to change how long Vista will wait to go back to sleep mode automatically after waking up unattended and idle.
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Jan 04
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How to Fix the Recycle Bin Icon Not Refreshing When Emptied

If the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop does not refresh back to a empty icon when you empty it and stays the full icon, or the other way around, then this will show you how to fix this refreshing problem in Vista and Windows 7.
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Jan 11
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How to Clear Vista Temporary Files in the Temp Folder

This will show you how to clear the Vista temporary files through Disk Cleanup or manually in the Temp folder.
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Jan 11
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How to Use ReadyBoost in Vista

This will show you how to use the ReadyBoost feature in Vista to help speed up your computer.
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Jan 04
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This will show you how to restore the Administrative Tools shortcuts in case you accidentally deleted them.
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Jan 11
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How to Make a Program or Process Run with a Higher or Lower CPU Priority in Vista

This will show you how to set a Program or Process to temporarily run with a higher or lower CPU priority in Vista. The higher the priority is set for it will mean the more resources will be made available to help it run faster.
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Jan 04
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How to Boot to the Advanced Boot Options in Vista

This will show you how to boot into the Advanced Boot Options screen to select options to start Vista in advanced troubleshooting modes.
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Jan 11
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How to Enable or Disable a Toggle Key at Startup in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

This will show you how to enable or disable a toggle key for a user account or logon screen at startup. A toggle key is the Num Lock, Caps Lock, and Scroll Lock keys.
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