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How to Enable or Disable the Notification Area System Icons in Vista This will show you how to enable or disable the Notification Area System Icons for all user account on the computer. These are the Clock, Volume, Network, and Power (battery) icons in the bottom right corner of the Taskbar. When these icons are disabled, they will be grayed out in the Notification Area. When these icons are enabled, they can be checked to show on the Taskbar Notification Area.If you want to make all Taskbar icons bigger, then increase the Caption Buttons Item Size to a higher number in Advanced Appearance settings. See steps 6A and 6B here: How to Change the Advanced Appearance Settings in Vista Make sure the the drivers and devices that go with the system icons are installed and working properly. They will not work if the device or driver does not. Sometimes to simply logoff and logon, or restart the computer, will enable the missing notification icons again. You should try that first. Sometimes a simple reset of the Notification Icons will clear the problem. Sometimes on a laptop, you can shutdown the laptop and remove the battery pack, reconnect it, and power the laptop back up to get the Power (battery) icon back or ungrayed. Turn the System Icons On or Off NOTE: This will just turn the Notification Area System icons on or off for your user account only. Power will remain grayed out unless your computer is a laptop or has a UPS battery backup connected to it. To create a Power Options shortcut, see: How to Create a Power Options Shortcut in Vista. 1. Right click on the Taskbar and click on Properties. 2. Click on the Notification Area tab. (See left screenshot below step 3) 3. Check (on) or uncheck (off) the options you want or do not want to show on the Taskbar Notification Area. If only one or more of the bottom System icons section are grayed out then do METHOD TWO or METHOD THREE or METHOD FOUR below to enable them. See the WARNING at the top of this tutorial also. (See right screenshot below) If the top Icons section is also grayed out and all but the Clock icon is grayed out in the bottom System icons section, then see: How to Show or Hide All Notification Area System Tray Icons in Vista If the top Icons section is not grayed out and the icon you want is checked and not grayed out, then check to make sure that the icon is not set to hide. See: How to Show or Hide All Notification Area System Tray Icons in Vista Through the Local Group Policy Editor NOTE: This method will enable or disable a System icon. 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, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (See screenshot below) 3. For the Clock Icon - In the right pane, right click on Remove Clock from the system notification area and click on Properties. (See screenshot above) A) To Disable the Clock Icon - Dot Enabled and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 7) B) To Enable the Clock Icon - Dot Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. 4. For the Volume Icon - In the right pane, right click on Remove the volume control icon and click on Properties. (See screenshot above) A) To Disable the Volume Icon - Dot Enabled and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 7) B) To Enable the Volume Icon - Dot Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. 5. For the Network Icon - In the right pane, right click on Remove the networking icon and click on Properties. (See screenshot above) NOTE: To make sure that this icon works properly you should also have the Services Network Connections, Network List Service, Network Location Awareness, and Network Store Interface Service set to Started and Automatic. For how, see: How to Disable or Enable Vista Services with an Advice Guide A) To Disable the Network Icon - Dot Enabled and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 7) B) To Enable the Netwok Icon - Dot Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. 6. For the Power (battery) Icon - In the right pane, right click on Remove the battery meter and click on Properties. (See screenshot above) NOTE: This will remain grayed out unless your computer is a laptop or has a UPS battery backup connected to it. To create a Power Options shortcut, see: How to Create a Power Options Shortcut in Vista A) To Disable the Power Icon - Dot Enabled and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 7) B) To Enable the Power Icon - Dot Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. 7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor. Using a REG File Download NOTE: This method will enable or disable a System icon. 1. For the Clock Icon - A) To Disable the Clock Icon - < CLICK TO DOWNLOAD B) To Enable the Clock Icon - < CLICK TO DOWNLOAD 2. For the Volume Icon - A) To Disable the Volume Icon - < CLICK TO DOWNLOAD B) To Enable the Volume Icon - < CLICK TO DOWNLOAD 3. For the Network Icon - NOTE: To make sure that this icon works properly you should also have the Services Network Connections, Network List Service, Network Location Awareness, and Network Store Interface Service set to Started and Automatic. For how, see: How to Disable or Enable Vista Services with an Advice Guide A) To Disable the Network Icon - < CLICK TO DOWNLOAD B) To Enable the Netwok Icon - < CLICK TO DOWNLOAD 4. For the Power (battery) Icon - NOTE: This will remain grayed out unless your computer is a laptop or has a UPS battery backup connected to it. To create a Power Options shortcut, see: How to Create a Power Options Shortcut in Vista A) To Disable the Power Icon - < CLICK TO DOWNLOAD B) To Enable the Power Icon - < CLICK TO DOWNLOAD 5. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop. 6. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge. 7. Click on Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 8. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. 9. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes. Manually in Registry Editor NOTE: This method will enable or disable a System icon. 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter. 3. If pompted by UAC, click on Continue. 4. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below) NOTE: If Explorer is not there, then right click on Policies in the left pane and click on New and Key. Type Explorer and press Enter. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer 5. To Disable the System Icons - In the right pane of Explorer, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. A) To Disable the Clock Icon - Type HideClock and press Enter. B) To Disable the Volume Icon - Type HideSCAVolume and press Enter. C) To Disable the Network Icon - Type HideSCANetwork and press Enter. D) To Disable the Power (battery) Icon - Type HideSCABattery and press Enter. E) In the right pane, right click on the one you just typed to disable and click on Modify. F) Type 1 and click on OK. (See screenshot below) NOTE: Repeat for each step you did in 5A to D. 6. To Enable the System Icons - (See screenshot below step 5E) A) To Enable the Clock Icon - Right click on HideClock and click on Delete. B) To Enable the Volume Icon - Right click on HideSCAVolume and click on Delete. C) To Enable the Network Icon - Right click on HideSCANetwork and click on Delete. D) To Enable the Power (battery) Icon - Right click on HideSCABattery and click on Delete. E) Click on Yes to confirm the delete. F) In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer G) In the right pane, repeat steps 6A to 6E if they are here to. 7. Close regedit. 8. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes. That's it, Shawn How to Change How Long a Notification Dialog Box Will Stay Open in Vista How to Reset the Notification Area Icons Cache in Windows 7 and Vista How to Hide or Show a Notification Icon in Vista How to Create a Power Options Shortcut in Vista How to Show or Hide All Notification Area System Tray Icons in Vista
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 http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/258701-windows-update-error-80070424-a.html SOLUTION 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 Windows Modules Installer:Manual If you have another settings you have to correct it.If you can't correct settings or any service don't exist follow below: SCENARIO I Issue with Background Inteligence Transfer Service See this tutorial How to fix Background Inteligence Transfer Service SCENARIO II Issue with Windows Update METHOD I //worth only to try if service is available but you can't start it// Try reset the whole WU in aggresive mode KB971058 METHOD II //worth only to try if service is available but you can't start it// Try reinstall Windows Update Agent KB949104 METHOD III Import to registry special fix for Windows Update service attached here and next restart computer SCENARIO III Issue with Windows Modules Installer --------------------------------------------------------------------- FYI Another symptom of this service corruption is unable to run System File Checker. When you run any SFC command the following error is returned: Windows Resource Protection could not start the repair service ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What you need to fix: 1.Fix to registry for Windows Modules Installer services: //this ZIP file include TrustedInstaller.reg file // 2.TrustedInstaller.exe file appriopriate for your system.You can extract it from your own Vista DVD using 7-zip or WinRAR CLICK or claasic method using WAIK CLICK -your choose how to do that :sleepy: or just download & extract from already prepared ZIP files;appriopriate for your system for x32 for x64 3.Sometimes you will need Psexec.exe file cointained in PsTools if you have any trouble with importing fix to registry (details below) How to fix: 1.Download TrustedInstaller.reg and TrustedInstaller.exe (appriopriate for your system),TrustedInstaller.reg file you can place anywhere for example you can place on your desktop,Documents folder (as you wish).File TrustedInstaller.exe you have to place directly in C:\Windows\Servicing folder but you have to change permissions to do that because Administrators group nor you don't have full control for Servicing folder: -takeownership C:\Windows\Servicing folder and add your account to have full control //see this tutorial how to do that:CLICK -place TrustedInstaller.exe in C:\Windows\Servicing folder 2.Import fix to registry attached above (just double click on TrustedInstaller.reg file).Possible you don't have any problem with importing it,if it won't return any error ignore points 3 and 4 and go to point 5 ,if it return error "Acess denied" the best way to workaround it, import this fix from SYSTEM account (go to point 3). 3.Download PsTools ,extract from this psexec.exe file and place it in C:\Windows\System32 folder 4.Run cmd.exe with administrative previlliges (right click on cmd.exe as admin) and type: psexec -s -i -d regedit This command run regedit from System account.In regedit go to File>>Import,navigate to location where you store TrustedInstaller.reg file,choose it and apply. 5.Restart computer.After restart Windows Update should work fine now. 6.If everything work fine now restore oryginal permissions to C:\Windows\Servicing folder -remove your account from permissions to Servicing folder -Restore ownership of Servicing folder back to "NT Service\TrustedInstaller" //see this tutorial how to do that CLICK How to Reset Windows Update in Windows 7 and Vista
How to Change Size of Icons in Quick Launch in Vista This will help you have the icons display the way you want in Quick Launch by showing you how to change the size of the Quick Launch area, and shortcut icons to be either Large or Small icons. EXAMPLE: Before (Small Icons), After (Large Icons), and After (Double Height) Here's How: 1. Right click on a empty area of the taskbar. 2. Click Lock the Taskbar to uncheck it. (See screenshot below) NOTE: If Lock the Taskbar is grayed out, then see: How to Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Vista 3. To Resize the Quick Launch Icons A) Right click on a empty area of the Quick Launch area between the dotted bars and the icons. (See screenshot below) B) Click on View and click on either Small Icons or Large Icons to check the icon size you want. 4. To Resize the Taskbar and Quick Launch Area NOTE: To be able to see all of your icons. A) Move the pointer over the lines until they turn into a double arrow, then left click and hold and drag it to the size you want it. (See screenshots below) 5. Click Lock the Taskbar to check it back. (See screenshot below step 2) That's it, Shawn How to Add or Remove a Toolbar to the Taskbar in Vista How to See the Date and Time on the Taskbar in Vista How to Use Quick Launch in Vista How to Use and Create a Flip 3D Shortcut in Vista How to Create a Fully Functional IE7 Shortcut Icon in Vista How to Create a Show Desktop Shortcut in Vista How to Change the Size of Desktop Icons in Vista How to Enable or Disable Lock the Taskbar in Vista
How to Use "Find and Find Next" in Registry Editor in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 This tutorial will show you how to use "Find and Find Next" to find a text string in a key, value, or data inside the Registry Editor in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.This can be real handy if a program improperly uninstalled and you need to remove all entries for it in the registry manually to finish removing it. It it recommended that you should create a restore point to backup the entire registry incase you make a mistake while editing the registry and need or have to do a system restore to undo it. Here's How: 1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter. 2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7/8). 3. In the left plane of the registry, click on the Key (folder), that you wish to start the search from and highlight it. (See screenshot below) NOTE: Highlight Computer to search the entire registry. 4. Click on Edit and on Find. (See screenshot below) 5. Type in a text string (ex: CCleaner) that you want to search for in the registry and click on the Find Next button. (See screenshot below) 6. It will then start the search from the location in step 1 and display the first entry (step 5) result when found. (See screenshot below step 7) 7. You can now do whatever you wanted to do with this entry. (ex: Modify or Delete) 8. Press F3, or click on Edit and Find Next, to find the next entry (step 6) for this. (See screenshot below step 9) 9. You can now do whatever you wanted to do with this entry. 10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until you find what you are looking for, or until you get a finished message. (See screenshot below 11) NOTE: A Finished searching message indicates that there are no more entries chosen from step 5 found. 11. Click on OK. 12. When done, close the registry or start over for a new search. That's it, Shawn How to Fix a Slow Scan in a Registry Cleaner Program in 64 bit Vista How to Add or Remove Registry Editor from the Vista Control Panel How to Use the Registry Editor in Vista and other Techniques How to Enable or Disable Regedit in Vista and Windows 7 How to Use the Find Window to Find Text on a Page How to Use Advanced Search Options in Vista How to Backup and Restore the Registry in Windows 7 and Vista
How to Reset a User Account Password in Vista If you forgot the password for a user account, this will show you how to reset or change the password to gain access to the user account again. The password used in Vista is case sensitive. You might double check to make sure that you do not have the Caps Lock key on by mistake when typing it in. If you do not have a password for the user account, then clicking or pressing Enter with a blank field will usually work. METHOD THREE below should only be used a last resort to reset a Administrator account when it is the only account created, but it should do the job for you. Your only other option is to reinstall Vista. If you are using BitLocker Drive Encryption, then this will most likely not work. If all of these methods fail, then you will need to reinstall Vista. For a CMOS or BIOS Password: You can usually reset this password by unplugging the computer and removing the battery on the motherboard for just a bit and/or temporarily crossing the CMOS jumper pin on the motherboard, then change or turn off the password in the BIOS at the next start. See your motherboard's documentation for these locations on it. You can usually find documentation at the motherboard's manufacturer's website.To avoid not being able to log on, be sure to write down you user account's username and password and store it in a safe place for future reference if you need it. Another great option is to create a Password Reset Disk. See: See: How to Create a Password Reset Disk in Vista Reset Password while logged in an Administrator Account This is if you have a administrator account that you can logon with to change or reset the password for a Standard or another administrator account.If you use an Administrator account to remove the password for any other user account, the user account with the removed password will lose access to its encrypted files, e‑mail messages that are encrypted, and stored passwords for websites or network resources. If the user account doesn't have any of these things, or the user doesn't mind losing them, then using an Administrator account to remove the password is a fast and easy way to recover from a forgotten password. 1. Logon to the Administrator account. NOTE: If you forgot the Administrator account password, then logon to another Administrator account. 2. Reset or Change the forgotten password for the user account. NOTE: For how, see: How to Remove a Password from a User Account in Vista Reset Password with your Password Reset Disk NOTE: A password reset disk will allow you to reset the password for the user account it was created in. You had to of created one first though. See: How to Create a Password Reset Disk in Vista. 1. Start the computer up into the Logon Welcome Screen. 2. Click on the Click to Play button in the video below. http://www.vistax64.com/download/flash/Reset_From_Password_Disk.swf Reset Password with a Editor Tool This should only be used on a Administrator account that you forgot the password for and do not have another Administrator account (METHOD ONE or TWO) or a Password Reset Disk (METHOD FOUR) to use to reset the password. This should only be a last resort to gaining access to an administrative account.Depending on what you use, you will need to have the CD/DVD or USB key drive listed first in the boot order in the BIOS settings to be able to "Press any key to boot from CD/DVD.".If you reset the password using the tool below, the user account will lose access to its encrypted files, encrypted e‑mail messages, and stored passwords for websites or network resources. Offline NT Password and Registry Editor 1. For how, see this site: Offline NT Password and Registry Editor NOTE: If you have no access to your computer, then you will need to create this boot CD/DVD or USB key drive on another computer so you can use it to boot into yours with and use. 2. Click the Bootdisk button at the top of that website. (See screenshot below) 3. Scroll down to the Download section and download the lastest version ZIP file (ex: cd######.zip) for the Bootable CD image under (CD release, see below on how to use). 4. Extract the cd######.iso file from the downloaded ZIP file, then burn the ISO file to a DVD or USB key drive. NOTE: You can use any ISO burner program you like, but the free ISO Recorder or ImgBurn programs are good ones to use. 5. Follow the instructions from their website on how to use the boot CD/DVD or USB key drive. See: Offline NT Password & Registry Editor NOTE: Please direct your questions about this tool to the site providing the tool. Reset Password by Doing a System Restore at Boot This is for the following scenarios. For more information, see: Microsoft Help and Support: KB940765 Scenario Description Scenario 1: You recently set a new password for the protected administrator account. However, you do not remember the new password, but do remember the old one. Scenario 2: You type the correct logon password. However, Windows Vista does not accept the password because the system is corrupted. Scenario 3: You deleted a password protected administrator account. Now, you cannot log on to another administrator account. Scenario 4: You changed a protected administrator account to a standard user account. Now, you cannot log on to another administrator account. 1. Do METHOD TWO here: How to Do a System Restore in Vista, or here: How to Do a System Restore in Windows 7. NOTE: You will be booting from your Vista installation DVD to perform a System Retore with the method at this link. 2. Next, do the additional steps below for the scenario that is related to your situation. For Scenario 1 After you log on, change the password for the protected administrator account. See: How to Remove or Change a Password for a User Account in Vista After you change the password, restart the computer. Make sure that you can log on by using the new password. For scenario 2 After you log on, make sure that each user account can log on by using the appropriate credentials. Change the password for the user account that cannot log on. See: How to Remove or Change a Password for a User Account in Vista For Scenario 3 After you log on, use the User Accounts item in Control Panel to create a new protected administrator account. See: How to Create a New User Account in Vista Log on by using the new protected administrator account. Then, delete the older protected administrator account that was restored. See: How to Delete a User Account in Vista NOTE: For security reasons, do not use the restored protected administrator account. For Scenario 4 After you log on, use the User Accounts item in Control Panel to create a new protected administrator account. See: How to Create a New User Account in Vista Log on by using the new protected administrator account. Change the old protected administrator account to a standard user account. See: How to Change a User Account Type in Vista Reset Password in Registry Editor at Boot 1. 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How To Change the Drive Boot Priority in BIOS This will show you, step by step, how to change the drive Boot priority on your computer in the BIOS.This will set your computer to Boot from where you want, in any order.You may want to view this Tutorial on another computer, as your computer will need to restart multiple times. Here's How: Starting Out: 1) Shut down your computer 2) Power your computer back on, but be ready. 3) The BIOS screen is the motherboard boot screen. This is NOT the operating system loading, this takes place before that. Generally, it will be a screen with the computer manufacturer logo, and a little bit of text. You will need to press a certain key at this point, and it varies depending on the motherboard maker, BIOS, and computer manufacturer. Generally, it is ESC, F1, or DEL. To check what yours is, look on the bottom of the BIOS boot screen, and it should show something like this: Down on the bottom, it should say "Press [key] to enter SETUP". Press that key, and let SETUP load. 4) After the BIOS SETUP loads, you should see a screen similar to THIS: 5) Scroll over to the BOOT menu using the Arrows Keys. It should automatically show the menu, but if not, then hit enter. This should bring up a menu like THIS: 6) This is where it varies depending on the motherboard. Some will show the menu as it is shown below in the image, and others will have a secondary menu for the Boot order. 7) Now just select where you want to boot from first, second, and third. It is simple if you follow the instructions in the BIOS screen. 8) After the new order is set, press F10 to SAVE AND EXIT, or scroll over to the EXIT and select save changes. This will REBOOT your computer. 9) The computer should now start up and load from the first boot device. If it is the CD/DVD Drive first, then it will appear to hang at a black screen with a white cursor. If there is no CD/DVD, then it will eventually move on, be patient. If there is a CD/DVD in the drive, then it will say: "Press any key to boot from CD..." Hit the key to load from the menu if that's what you need. If not, let it Boot normally. This procedure is used to change the BOOT order to allow a boot up from a CD/DVD or a different HDD. This is used to reinstall/install/repair an Operating System (i.e. Vista), or to boot from a different OS first. I hope my second Tutorial here helped you out! ~Lordbob EDIT: I changed the format here, as well as added images of newer BIOS menus. Hope it helps you out!
How to Fix the Error "Your user profile was not loaded correctly! You have been logged on with a temporary profile." in Vista and Windows 7 A user profile is a collection of settings that make the computer look and work the way you want it to for a user account. It contains the account's settings for desktop backgrounds, screen savers, pointer preferences, sound settings, and other features. User profiles ensure that your personal preferences are used whenever you sign in to Windows. A user profile is different from a user account, which you use to sign in to Windows. Each user account has at least one user profile associated with it. When you log on to Vista using a temporary profile (user account), and you receive this error message: Your user profile was not loaded correctly! You have been logged on with a temporary profile. Changes you make to this profile will be lost when you log off. Please see the event log for details or contact your administrator. For more information, see: A temporary profile is loaded after you log on to a Windows Vista-based system This problem usually occurs if the current user's profile was accidentally deleted from the system or got corrupted.If you have this error message below instead, then see: How to Fix the Error "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded." The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded. EXAMPLE: Error Message in Windows 7 Log On to the Computer as an AdministratorYou must be logged on to an administrator account using either step 1 or 2 below before you can move on to do the STEP TWO section below. 1. To Log on to another Administrator account NOTE: If you do not have another Administrator account, then proceed to step 2. A) Go to the STEP TWO section below. OR 2. To Boot into Safe Mode for the built-in Administrator account NOTE: You may not need to enable the built-in Administrator account. If this was the only normal administrator account you had, then Safe Mode should automatically boot into the built-in Administrator account. If you cannot boot into Windows and do not have a Windows installation DVD, then you can create and use the boot disc below to boot into Safe Mode with instead. Windows 7: (Option Two at link) How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc Vista: (Option One at link) How to Create a Vista Recovery Disc A) Boot into Safe Mode (in Vista) or Safe Mode (in Windows 7). B) If Safe Mode did not boot into the built-in Administrator account, then enable the built-in Administrator account. If it did , then go to step 2C. C) Log off in Safe Mode, and then log on to the built-in Administrator account to logon with that account in Safe Mode. D) Go to the STEP TWO section below. OR 3. To Enable the Built-in Administrator account at Boot A) For how, see: How to Enable the Built-in Elevated "Administrator" Account from WinRE B) When enabled, log in to the built-in Administrator account, and go to the STEP TWO section below for what you would like to do Delete the User Account Profile's SID Key 1. Backup anything that you do not want to lose in this user account's C:\Users\(user-name) profile folder, if the profile folder still exists, to another location, then delete the (user-name) profile folder. 2. Open the Start menu. 3. In the Start Menu search box, type regedit and press Enter. 4. If prompted by UAC, then click on Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7). 5. In regedit, go to: (See screenshot below step 7) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList 6. In the left pane, click on one of the S-1-5..... folders (SID key) with the long number. (See screenshot below step 7) NOTE: It should have .bak at the end of it. A) In the right pane, look at the ProfileImagePath to see if this is the same user account that you deleted in step 1 above. B) Repeat step 6 until you find the one that you deleted in step 1 above. 7. To Backup the Registry SID Key WARNING: You should backup this SID key to be safe in case you delete the wrong one in step 8 below. A) Right click on the SID key from step 6, and click on Export. B) Type in a name and save the REG file to a safe location. NOTE: This is your backup. To Restore the Backup, right click on the REG backup file and click on Merge. C) Continue on to step 8. 8. Right click on the SID key, from step 6 with bak at the end, and click on Delete. (see screenshot above) 9. Click on Yes to confirm deletion. (See screenshot below) 10. If there is another SID key with the exact same long number from step 6 for this user account without bak at the end, repeat step 7 first, then right click on this same SID key, and click on Delete. (see screenshot below step 7) 11. Click on Yes to confirm deletion. (See screenshot below step 9) 12. Close regedit. 13. Log off and log on. After you log on to the computer, the profile folder you are having problems with is re-created. If not, then try a System Restore using a restore point dated before you got this error. If this still does not help, then you will need to create a new account and restore the user folder files from the backup created at step 1. That's it, Shawn How To Perform a Repair Installation For Vista How to Do a System Restore in Vista How to Do a Startup Repair 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 Fix the Error "The User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded." How to Change the User Folder Name of a User Profile in Windows 7 How to Fix Windows 7 Logon Screen Showing Only "Other User" and Last Logged On User Icon
How to Remove an Uninstall Entry in Programs and Features for Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 In Programs and Features there is a list of programs on your computer that have a uninstall program for it. If the program uninstall entry is invalid or you simply want to remove it from the list, then this will show you how to remove the uninstall entry using your choice of three methods.The first two options use a 3rd party program, and the third method is through the registry. Just pick the method that you are most comfortable doing. EXAMPLE: Program and Features NOTE: Open the Control Panel (Classic View in Vista) or (Icons View Windows 7/8), and click on the Programs and Features icon. Remove Uninstall Entry using "CCleaner" Program 1. If you have not already, download and install the latest version of the CCleaner. 2. Click on the CCleaner shortcut icon either on your desktop or in the Start Menu to run the program. (see screenshot below) 3. Click on the Tools button on the left. (see screenshot below step 5) 4. Select the uninstall entry and click the Delete Entry button to remove it from the Programs and Features uninstall list. 5. Click on the X in the upper right corner to close CCleaner when done. Remove Uninstall Entry in Registry Editor 1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter. 2. If prompted by UAC, click on the Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7/8). 3. Do step 4 and/or 5 below depending on if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows installed. 4. To do in 32 Bit and 64 Bit Windows A) In regedit, go to: (See top screenshot below step 11) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall 5. To do Only in 64 Bit Windows A) In regedit, go to: (See bottom screenshot below step 11) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall To be safe you should make a Back Up of this key, just in case you delete something you did not want to. In the left pane, right click on Uninstall and click Export. In the Export Registry File dialog box, click Desktop in the Save in box and type Uninstall Backup in the File name box, then click Save. To Undo Changes you made to this Uninstall key and restore it back to as it is now, right click on Uninstall Backup.reg and click Merge. Click Run, Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 6. Click on Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7/8), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 7. In the left pane, each subkey, folder with {long number} or program name, under Uninstall represents a program that appears in the Programs and Features uninstall list. 8. Click on a subkey, folder with {long number} or program name, under Uninstall to determine which program that key represents. NOTE: In the right pane of the subkey: DisplayName = Shows the name listed in Programs and Features. UninstallString = Shows the full path of the program that is used to uninstall the program. 9. To Remove the Uninstall Entry A) Right click on the subkey, folder with {long number} or program name in the left pane, for the program you want to remove from the uninstall list and click Delete. B) Click on YES to confirm the delete. 10. Open Programs and Features and confirm that the uninstall entry is gone, then you can delete the Uninstall Backup.reg (on desktop) file if you like. NOTE: See the Example at the top of this tutorial. 11. Close regedit. NOTE: The top screenshot is for the 32 bit Vista and 64 bit Vista, and the bottom screenshot is for only the 64 bit Vista. That's it, Shawn How to Use Disk Cleanup in Vista Install/Uninstall Problems With Vista How to Open and Close a Application and Process in Vista Task Manager How to Uninstall or Change a Program in Vista How to Restore the Uninstall Confirmation Prompt in Programs and Features How to Disable or Enable Programs and Features in Vista How to Create a Windows 7 Programs and Features Shortcut How to Enable or Disable Programs and Features in Windows 7 How to Uninstall or Change a Program in Windows 7
How to Boot to the System Recovery Options in Vista This will show you how to boot to the System Recovery Options screen to select the Startup Repair, System Restore, Complete PC Restore, Memory Diagnostic Tool, or Command Prompt option to use on Vista.The System Recovery Options menu is on the Vista installation disc. If your computer manufacturer (OEM) has preinstalled recovery options, the menu might also be installed on your hard disk as a recovery partition. If your computer does not include the System Recovery Options menu, your computer manufacturer (OEM) might have customized or replaced the tool. Check the information that came with your computer or go to the manufacturer's website. Using a OEM Recovery Partition NOTE: This is if your computer did not come with a Vista installation DVD, and has pre-installed recovery options (recovery partition) instead. 1. Start or Restart the computer. 2. Boot into the Advanced Boot Options screen. A) Select Repair your computer and press Enter. 3. Select your language preferences and click on Next. (See screeshot below). 4. Select a user name and type in the password, and then click on OK. 5. Go to and follow steps 5 and 6 in METHOD TWO below. Using a Retail Vista Installation DVD 1. Insert the Vista installation disc, or your Recovery Disc, into the CD or DVD drive and restart the computer. WARNING: Check to make sure that you set the BIOS to have the CD or DVD drive listed first in the boot order. 2. If prompted, press any key to boot from the Vista installation DVD. (See screenshot below) NOTE: You will only have about 8 seconds to press this key. 3. Select your language preferences and click on Next. (See screeshot below). 4. Click on Repair your computer. (See screenshot below) 5. Select which operating system you want to restore and the click on Next. (See screenshot below) NOTE: If Vista is not listed here, or it is blank, then it is ok. Click on Next anyway. 6. Select the system recovery option you want to do. (See screenshot below) Startup Repair System Restore Windows Complete PC Backup Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool Command Prompt That's it, Shawn 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 Start the Memory Diagnostics Tool in Vista How to Open a Command Prompt at Startup in Vista
How to See Product Key in Vista The product key number is a sequence of 25 letters and numbers. The number is divided into 5 groups of 5 characters each. During Vista installation, you must enter the product key number to activate Vista. This will show you how to find the product key number from a Windows sticker, or if you lost the product key and need to get it from within your installed Vista. If you reinstalled Vista or did not activate or type in the product key number after you installed Vista the first time, then the program in this tutorial will not be able to show you the number from within Vista since you did not enter it. A Express or Retail Vista can be installed on any one computer at a time for as many times as you like. A OEM Vista may only be able to be installed on the exact same computer 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. If you had the product key activated on one computer and made some hardware changes to it (EX: Motherboard) or decided to use it on another computer, then you will have to remove it from the old computer and do a phone activation. You can usually find the product key on the back of a OEM desktop computer, on the bottom of a laptop computer, or on the retail installation disc holder inside the Vista package. Look for a sticker that looks like one of these below. For the license terms for Vista, see: Microsoft: License Terms for Software Licensed from Microsoft You can tell if you have a OEM or Retail Vista by looking at the product key number. x = a random number or letter OEM - xxxxx-oemxx-xxxxx-xxxxx NOTE: Will also include OEM on the Vista Product Key Stickers. See examples below. Retail - xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx The Product ID number displayed here in Vista is not your Product Key number.NOTE: To see this, right click Computer (in Start menu) and click on Properties; or open the Control Panel (Classic View) and click System. Scroll to the bottom. Find Vista Product Key Number on Product Key Sticker 1. For a OEM Product Key on COA Sticker NOTE: These will be store bought computers that came with Windows 7 preinstalled on them. The product key sticker will usually be on the back of a desktop, and on the bottom or under the battery of a laptop and notebook. The sticker key number may be different than the key number reported in one of the programs below. If so, the key number on the sticker is the one that's unique to your computer, and that's the one you'll need to input should you ever clean install Windows. The different extracted key is just a master key used at the OEM factory. 2. For a Retail Product Key on COA Sticker NOTE: These will be computers that a retail copy of Windows 7 has been installed on. The product key sticker will be in the included paperwork in the retail Windows 7 box. To Use "Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder" to See Product Key Number in Vista This option shows you how to use the free program Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder to see what the product key number is from within a Windows 7 that it has already been entered in (ex: activated). Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder will not show the product key number for Windows 7 Enterprise though. 1. Download and run the free Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder program towards the bottom of the link. 2. In the left pane, click on Windows 7 (your edition). You will see CD Key in the right pane displaying the Windows 7 product key number. To Use "Speccy" to See Product Key Number in Vista This option shows you how to use the free program Speccy to see what the product key number is from within a Windows 7 that it has already been entered in (ex: activated). Speccy will not show the product key number for Windows 7 Enterprise though. 1. Download, install, and run the free Speccy program. 2. In the left pane, click on Operating System. In the right pane, you will see the product key number to the right of Serial Number. To Use "ProduKey" to See Product Key Number in Vista This option shows you how to use the free program ProduKey to see what the product key number is from within a Windows 7 that it has already been entered in (ex: activated). ProduKey will not show the product key number for Windows 7 Enterprise though. 1. Download, extract, and run the free ProduKey program. 2. You will now see Windows product key listed. To Use a VBS Download to See Product Key Number in Vista This option was provided by our member Konst at this link. There you can see that the encrypted key is stored in registry key: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId at Offset = 52 And that the key only includes this letters and numbers BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789 And no "AEILNOSUZ015 allowed. 1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below. See_Windows_Product_Key.vbs http://www.sevenforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=181095&stc=1&d=1319731111 2. Save the VBS file to your desktop, run it, and approve running it. NOTE: The .vbs file does not install anything on your computer. You can also right click on the .vbs file and click on Edit to see what the script contains. 3. You will now get a pop-up dialog box displaying the product key number used to activate your current Windows installation. Click on OK to close the pop-up when ready. (see screenshot below) To Use "Belarc Advisor" to Find Product Key in Vista You must be signed in as an administrator to run this program. This program will not find the product key of Windows 7 Enterprise since it's a volume license. 1. If you have not already, download and install the free Belarc Advisor program. 2. Run the program. When it displays the results in your default web browser, scroll down until you see your Windows 8 product key like below. That's it, Shawn How to Extend Vista Trial Time For Up to 120 Days How to Activate Vista Normally and by Phone Activation How to See Windows Vista Current License Information 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 Get Out of Reduced Functionality Mode in Vista How to Uninstall the Product Key Number and Deactivate Windows 7 and Vista How to Clear Product Key from Registry in Windows
How to Slipstream Vista SP2 This will show you how to create a Vista SP2 slipstream installation disc. Thanks to Flavius. Requirements: 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 WAIK on OS 2. Install Vista RTM to a secondary partition. (Namely D: with nothing on that drive as all will be deleted) 3. During the installation, once in the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) after set-up starts, press Ctrl+Shift+F3. (The computer will restart and enter Audit mode!) 4. A Sysprep window will pop up. Do not close this Sysprep window. 5. Then find the Vista SP1 installer and then ‘Run’ installer. (The standalone service pack 1 installer from Microsoft which you will have previously downloaded) 6. Run the Vista SP1 Cleanup Tool. 7. Run the SP2 installer. 8. Run the Vista SP2 Cleanup Tool. 9. Once installation has completed Sysprep window will open. Now select OOBE, Generalize, and to Shut Down the system. 10. ‘Boot’ the system into your main OS installed. DO NOT boot back into the Vista RTM you just set-up. 11. Now in the ‘start-up’ box look for the WAIK start-up file, open this up and then select WAIK 'command prompt’ and right click on Run as Administrator. 12. Type in the following imagex command below and press enter. imagex /compress maximum /flags "Ultimate" /capture d: c:\install.wim "Ultimate" You may need to replace "HomePremium" after the /flags switch with whatever edition of Vista you need installed! Where d: is the drive that you have installed Vista SP2 on, and c:\install.wim is the location to store the new version of install.wim follow the steps below:~ Now:~ Start UltraISO, and select your DVD drive with your Vista DVD loaded under UltraISO's local header. Next select Tools > Make CD/DVD Image UltraISO will capture & save your DVD image under \Users\{user ID}\Documents\My ISO Files\LRMCxFRE_EN_DVD.iso (LRMCxFRE_EN_DVD is the volume label of my Vista DVD, your label may be different). Don't change any of the default settings. When UltraISO has saved the image, it will ask you if you want to open it, select yes. From the opened image, select the /sources folder and browse for the install.wim file. Right-click this file and select delete. Next copy the new install.wim you created in step 11 (should be on d: or whatever drive you have put it on) above into the /sources folder. then select and drag & drop install.wim to the /sources folder. From UltraISO's menu select File >: Save Once the ISO has been saved, make sure that the install.wim file from the /sources folder is the updated install.wim (look at the date). Now select Tools > Burn CD/DVD Image When ready, you'll have your Vista install DVD with SP2 included. It takes about 180 mins. Thanks to Flavius again... How to Create a Vista SP1 Slipstream Installation DVD 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 Create a Vista Recovery Disc How to Perform a Repair Installation For Vista How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Thumb Drive to Install 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 Slipstream Office 2010 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
How to Create a Search Desktop Shortcut on Vista This will show you how to create a desktop shortcut for Search. When you click on the shortcut, it will open the Search window.When the Vista SP1 is installed, it will remove Search from the Start Menu and other places. For more details on this, see: Microsoft Help and Support: KB941946 If you wanted to restore the Search button in the right dark side if the Start menu afte installing the Vista SP1, then see: How to Restore the Start Menu Search Button after Installing the Vista SP1 You can pin this shortcut to the Start menu to make it closer to where it was before SP1 was installed. For how, see: How to Pin a Program to the Start Menu in Vista You can also add or move the shortcut to Quick Launch to make it easier to use. EXAMPLE: Search window NOTE: A) You will still have to click on the Advanced Search drop down arrow though. :( B) You can also open this window by pressing the Windows + F keys. Download the "Search" Shortcut 1. Click on the download button below to download the Search.zip file. https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/search-zip.2611/ 2. Click Save and save it to the Desktop. 3. Right click on the Search.zip file (on desktop) and click on Open. 4. Click on Allow in the UAC prompt. 5. Extract the Search shortcut to the desktop. 6. Place the shortcut where you like to use it at. 7. When done, you can delete the Search.zip file (on desktop) if you want to. Manually Create "Search" Shortcut 1. Right click on a empty area on desktop, and click on New and Shortcut. 2. Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click on the Next button. (see screenshot below) %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe search-ms: 3. Type Search for the name, and click on the Finish button. (see screenshot below) NOTE: You can name this anything you would like though. 4. Right click on the new Search shortcut on the Desktop and click on Properties. 5. Click on the Shortcut tab, then click on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below) 6. Click on Browse and navigate to C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll. (see screenshot below) 7. Click on the icon highlighted in blue below. NOTE: If you have your own icon you would rather use, then just navigate to where you have it saved. Vista needs a 256 bit icon for the best viewing results. 8. Click on OK. 9. Click OK to apply. (see screenshot below step 5) 10. Place or copy the new Search shortcut to wherever you like it to be for easy use. That's it, Shawn How to Open and Change Search Options in Vista How to Hide or Show Hidden Files and Folders in Vista How to Enable or Disable Search Index in Vista How to Use the Indexing Options in Vista How to Use the Find Window to Find Text on a Page How to Change the Internet Explorer 7 Search Box Settings in Vista How to Use Advanced Search Options in Vista How to Restore the Search Context Menu Item after Installing the Vista SP1 How to Restore the Start Menu Search Button after Installing the Vista SP1 How to Add "Search" to "My Computer" Context Menu in Vista and Windows 7
Show All Ghost Devices & Drivers This Tutorial will show how to make Ghost Devices you have removed from your Computer and Drivers used by programs Visible in Device Manager along with many other Ghost Devices and Drivers used by utilities and Applications within Vista, This will free up a bit of memory and stop any possible Conflicts between Devices while clearing out old devices that are no longer used. Step 1 Right-Click Computer in your Start Menu and open Properties Step 2 You can now see Basic Information about your Computer, on the left click Advanced System Settings Step 3 You will now see a System Properties window automatically opened to the Advanced Tab, Just click the Environment Variables button located at the bottom. Step 4 Under User Variables click New Create a Variable name called devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices With a Variable Valve of 1 Click OK when Done. Step 5 You will now see this entry appear under your User Variables at the top, Once you confirm it has been entered correctly just click OK on the Environment Variables Window then again on the System Properties Window. Step 6 Open your Start-Menu again and right-click Computer and open Manage Step 7 Select Device Manager found on the left, then at the top click View > Show Hidden Devices Do Not Delete any Generic Volume Shadow Copy Drivers or Non-Plug and Play Devices without Checking what their functions are or some programs and utilities will fail. Alternatively use this Simple Device Manager You can now see ghost Drivers and Devices by expanding the Groups in Device Manager, They will appear faded compared to other drivers. Your have now Successfully made hidden and unused Devices Visible in Device Manager.
How to Change the Logon Screen in Vista The Logon screen is the screen that shows the accounts on your computer when you are logging on. This consists of the Welcome, Shutdown, Lock Computer, Switch User, Logon, and Logoff screens. The Logon screens are saved as a .logonvista file. For free LogonStudio screens to download, see: WinCustomize: Explore : LogonStudio EXAMPLE: Default Logon Screen Here's How: 1. Download and save the free Stardock LogonStudio program.. 2. Install the program. 3. Click on the LogonStudio shortcut to run. (See screenshot below) 4. Click on Continue in the UAC Prompt. The main window will now open. (See screenshot below) OPTIONS: NOTE: See screenshot above. Click on these buttons to the left to do the action described. 5. Load - To load a logon image you already created from step 7 below or downloaded from step 6 below. (See screenshot below) A) Navigate to the location of the saved file. B) Select it and click on Open. C) Go to step 10. 6. Download - To download a logon image file from: WinCustomize: Explore : LogonStudio 7. Create - To create a logon image file from any size .jpg, .png, or .bmp file you want. NOTE: If the image you use is to small it may be distored. A) Type in a name for the logon image file. (See screenshot below) B) Click on Browse. C) Navigate to the location of the .jpg, .png, or .bmp file. (See screenshot below) D) Select it and click on Open. E) Click on Save to add it to the main display window. (See screenshot below) NOTE: By default, the logon screens are saved in the hidden system folder C:\ProgramData\Stardock\LogonStudio Vista. F) Go to step 10. 8. Upload - This takes you to the same website from step 6 above, except you can register and upload a logon screen you created for everyone else to be able to download and use. 9. About - Tells you the about information for LogonStudio. (See screenshot below) After you Loaded or Created a logon file Options: NOTE: This will now have the logon file in the display window. EX: My Alien avatar (See screenshot below) 10. Save - To save the selected logon file to where you want it. 11. Apply - To change the logon screen to what you have selected. NOTE: When you click Apply, you will be taken to the logon screen with your new screen where you will need to log back on. You will be taken back to where you left off after you logon. 12. Delete - To delete a selected logon file. A) Click on Yes for the confirmation prompt. That's it, Shawn How to Change the Logon Screen Saver Wait Time in Vista How to Use and Change a Screen Saver in Vista How to Enable the Hidden Aurora Boot Screen in Vista How to Change the Default Boot Screen in Vista How to Change the Desktop Background Wallpaper in Vista How to Display a Logon Message Title and Text in Vista How to Display Information About Previous Logons During User Logon in Vista How to Hide a User Account in Vista How to Install and Use DreamScene in Vista How to Enhance Windows Vista DreamScene with Stardock DeskScapes How to Logon Automatically at Startup in Vista How to Enable or Disable Secure Logon in Vista How to Set a Default User Logon Picture for All Users in Vista and Windows 7 How to Enable or Disable the Log On Screen Saver in Vista How To Change the Vista Startup Orb
How to Restore the Built-in ZIP File Support in Vista This will show you how to restore the built-in ZIP file support in Vista by restoring the ZIP file association.You may have used a program like WinZip, WinRar, or some other Zip program and Vista will now not go back to it's default Zip handler in explorer after you uninstalled the other program.If when you try to open a ZIP folder and it does not open in a Windows Explorer window, then turn on Compressed Folders. See related link below for how.This must be done while logged on to a administrator account. Here's How: 1. Click on the download button below and save the zipfix_vista.reg file to your desktop. NOTE: This also contains the reg file to turn on Compressed Folders. https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/zipfix_vista-reg.28395/ 2. Right click on the downloaded zipfix_vista.reg file and click on Merge. 3. Click on the Run button in the Security Warning pop-up. (See screenshot below) 4. Click on Continue (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 5. When done, you can delete the downloaded zipfix_vista.reg file if you like. 6. Restart the computer to apply changes. That's it, Shawn How to Turn Compressed Folders On or Off in Vista Restore Default Vista File Extension Type Associations How To Zip (Compress) a File or Folder in Windows How to Enable or Disable Zip Extracted Show Files Window
Cannot Rename or Move a File or Folder in Vista Fix If you recieve the error The File or Folder does not exist when you cannot move or rename a file or folder, then this will show you how to fix this problem in Vista.This problem usually occurs when this registry key or it's subkeys below gets corrupted, changed, or deleted. This is usually done by a registry cleaning program that was allowed to delete (fix) something it found wrong that should not have been. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\explorer\FolderDescriptions If the steps below do not help, then take ownership of the file or folder, then try to move or rename it again. For how, see: How to Take Ownership of a Item in Vista EXAMPLE: The File or folder does not exist. Error Message Disable Offline Files This will only apply to the Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions. If you do not have one of these editions, then skip this section and go to STEP TWO below. 1. Open the Control Panel (Classic View). 2. Click on the Offline Files icon. 3. Click on the Disable Offline Files button. (See screenshot below step 5) NOTE: If it says Enable Offline Files instead, then click on it and click Apply and then click Disable Offline Files. 4. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt. 5. Click on OK. 6. Click on Yes to restart the computer. (See sceenshot below) WARNING: To prevent any loss of data, be sure to save and close all open programs before clicking Yes. Restore Registry Settings This will restore the default entries and settings for the registry key at the top of the tutorial. Be sure to download the 32 bit or 64 bit version for your version of Vista. 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. If this involves a New folder, then you should also do this tutorial. See: How to Fix New Folder in Vista 1. For the 32 bit version of Vista - A) Click on the download button below to download the reg file below. Fix_Rename_32_Bit_ Vista.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/fix_rename_32_bit_-vista-reg.25532/ B) Go to step 3. 2. For the 64 bit version of Vista - A) Click on the download button below to download the reg file below. Fix_Rename_64_Bit_Vista.reg https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/fix_rename_64_bit_vista-reg.25533/ 3. Save the .reg file to the Desktop. 4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge. 5. Click on the Run button in the Security Warning pop-up. 6. Click on Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (UAC-Windows 7), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 7. Restart the computer to apply the restoration. 8. When done, you can delete the .reg file (on Desktop). That's it, Shawn How to Fix New Folder in Vista How to Pin a Folder to the Start Menu in Vista How to Repair and Verify the Integrity of Vista System Files with System File Checker How to Restore Previous Versions of a File and Folder in Vista How to Open and Change Folder Options in Vista How To Perform a Repair Installation For Vista How to Do a System Restore in Vista How to Take Ownership of a Item in Vista How to Set and Unset the Read-only File and Folder Attribute in Vista How to Fix Game Shortcut Links in Vista Games Explorer
How to Create a Sleep Shortcut on the Desktop in Vista This will show you how to create a Sleep shortcut used to put your computer into sleep (not hibernate) mode when clicked on.If you would like to place this shortcut in Quick Launch, then see Option Three in this link for how: How to Use Quick Launch in VistaIf you would like to create a keyboard shortcut for this shortcut, then see: How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for a Program in VistaThis shortcut will perform the same action set for the Start Menu power button when pressed. You will need to make sure that the Start Menu power button is set for Sleep if you want this shortcut to put your computer to sleep when used. For how, see: How to Change the Power Button Settings for the Start Menu and Case in Vista Here's How: 1. Click on the download button below to download the Sleep Shortcut.zip file. 2. Click on Save and save it to the Desktop. https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/sleep-shortcut-zip.4896/ 3. Right click on the Sleep Shortcut.zip (on desktop) and click on Open. 4. Click on Allow for UAC prompt. 5. Select and extract both the Sleep shortcut and Sleep Shortcut Folder to the desktop. 6. Open a Windows Explorer window and navigate to C:\Program Files. NOTE: Not in the C:\Programs Files (x86) folder for 64 bit Vista users. 7. Right click on the Sleep Shortcut folder (on desktop) and click Cut, then right click on a empty space in the Windows Explorer window (step 6) and click Paste.The Sleep Shortcut folder has the Sleep.vbs scipt file in it. This is the contents of this vbs script:Dim objShell[/INDENT] Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application") objShell.ShutdownWindows set objShell = nothing Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") WshShell.SendKeys "{Enter}" Set WshShell = Nothing A) Click on Continue in the Destination Folder Access Denied prompt. B) Click on Continue in the UAC Prompt. 8. Put the Sleep shortcut (on desktop) where you would like for easy use. (See the NOTE at the top of the tutorial) NOTE: If you would like to use a icon of your own instead, then see: How to Change a Shortcut Folder or File Icon in Vista for how. 9. You can now delete the Sleep Shortcut.zip (on desktop) file if you like. This shortcut will perform the same action set for the Start Menu power button when pressed. You will need to make sure that the Start Menu power button is set for Sleep if you want this shortcut to put your computer to sleep when used. For how, see: How to Change the Power Button Settings for the Start Menu and Case in Vista [INDENT] That's it, Shawn CREDIT TO: sidney1st for providing a better way to do this with a VBS script. Thank you. How to Create a Log Off Shortcut in Vista How to Create a Lock Computer Shortcut in Vista How to Create a Shutdown Computer Shortcut in Vista How to Shutdown, Restart, Switch User, Log Off, Sleep, or Lock Vista from the Keyboard How to Create a Restart Computer Shortcut in Vista How to Create a Abort Shortcut in Vista How to Create a Hibernate Shortcut in Vista How to Change the Power Button Settings for the Start Menu and Case in Vista How to Create a Power Options Shortcut in Vista How to Restore or Disable Hibernation in Vista How to Changed the Return to Sleep Timeout for a Unattended Wake Up in Vista How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for a Program in Vista
How to Restrict or Unrestrict Drive Access in Vista and Windows 7 This will show you how to restrict all access (open or save) to all content of a drive or combination of drives that you select for all users on the computer. All drives are set to be unrestricted by default in Vista and Windows 7. When a drive is set as restricted, users can only browse through the drives directory in the Navigatoin Pane folder tree in Windows Explorer by clicking on the arrows to expand the folders. They will not be able to open a folder though in Windows Explorer. (See example below) If you would also like to hide or unhide this drive(s) in Computer and Windows Explorer, then see: How to Hide or Unhide a Drive in Vista This will not prevent users from using 3rd party programs to access restricted local and network drives. It also does not prevent administrators from using Disk Management to view and change restricted drive characteristics.EXAMPLE: Windows Explorer Computer with Navigation Pane NOTE: Even when the drive is set as restricted, it will still be displayed in Computer. All users will not be able to access it though. They can only view the directory in the Navigation Pane folder tree. EXAMPLE: Displayed Error Message when a Drive is Restricted NOTE: This is the error message a user will get when they try to open or save (access) anything to a restricted drive. Using the Local Group Policy Editor NOTE: For more drive letter options, see the Method Three below. 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, Windows Components, and Windows Explorer. (See screenshot below) 3. In the right pane, right click on Prevent access to drives from My Computer and click on Properties. (See screenshot above) 4. To Unrestrict All Drives Access A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 5C) B) Go to step 6. 5. To Restrict a Drive or Combination of Drives Access A) Select (dot) Enabled. (See screenshot below step 5C) B) Click on the drop down arrow and select the drive or combination of drives option that you want to set as restricted. (See screenshot below step 5C) WARNING: Be careful of what you select. A restricted drive cannot be accessed by any users on the computer. This could be a problem if you need access to it. C) Click on OK. (See screenshot below) 6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window. Your done. Using a REG File Download NOTE: Which ever one REG file you choose to use, it will overide all of the others. For more drive letter options, see the Method Three below. 1. To Restrict A and B drives only A) https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/restrict_a_b_drives-reg.4063/ B) Go to step 8. 2. To Restrict C drive only A) https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/restrict_c_drive-reg.4064/ B) Go to step 8. 3. To Restrict D drive only A) https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/restrict_d_drive-reg.4065/ B) Go to step 8. 4. To Restrict A, B, and C drives only A) https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/restrict_a_b_c_drives-reg.4066/ B) Go to step 8. 5. To Restrict A, B, C, and D drives only A) https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/restrict_a_b_c_d_drives-reg.4067/ B) Go to step 8. 6. To Restrict All drives A) https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/restrict_all_drives-reg.4068/ B) Go to step 8. 7. To Unrestrict All drives (Do not restrict drives) A) https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/unrestrict_all_drives-reg.4069/ 8. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the Desktop. 9. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge. 10. Click on Run, Continue (UAC-Vista) or Yes (Windows 7), Yes, and then OK when prompted. 11. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like. 12. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply changes. Manually in Registry Editor 1. Open the Start Menu, then type regedit in the search box and press Enter. 2. If prompted by UAC, then click on the Continue (Vista) or Yes (Windows 7). 3. In regedit, navigate to the location below: (See screenshot below) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer 4. To Restrict a Drive or Combination of Drives Access A) In the right pane of Explorer, right click on a empty area and click on New and DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type NoViewOnDrive and press Enter. (See screenshot below) B) Right click on NoViewOnDrive and click on Modify. C) Type in the drive option below in bold you want to set as restricted and click on OK. (See screenshot below) NOTE: You can also dot Decimal and use one of these numbers for the drive with that letter you want to Restrict: A=1, B=2, C=4, D=8, E=16, F=32, G=64, H=128, I=256, J=512, K=1024, L=2048, M=4096, N=8192, O=16384, P=32768, Q=65536, R=131072, S=262144, T=524288, U=1048576, V=2097152, W=4194304, X=8388608, Y=16777216, Z=33554432, All drives=67108863 For Example: I'm using 8 to Restrict D drive only. Restrict A and B drives only - type 3 Restrict C drive only - type 4 Restrict D drive only - type 8 Restrict A, B, and C drives only - type 7 Restrict A, B, C, and D drives only - type f Restrict all drives - type 3ffffff D) The registry will now look like this. (See screenshot below) E) Go to step 6. 5. To Unrestrict All drives (Do not restrict drives) A) In the right pane of Explorer, right click on NoViewOnDrive and click on Delete. (See screenshot above) B) Click on Yes to confirm delete. 6. Close regedit. 7. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply changes. 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How to Shrink and Create a Partition with Disk Management in Vista It is possible in Vista to repartition your hard disk by using the Shrink feature in Disk Management. You can shrink an existing partition (volume) to create unallocated disk space, from which you can Create a new partition (volume). For more information, see: Windows Help and How-to: Partition and Understanding Disk Partitioning Partition Type Description Primary Partition A type of partition created on a hard drive that can host an operating system and functions as though it were a physically separate hard drive. Also called a volume. Only up to four primary partitions, or 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition can be created on a single hard drive. Primary partitions can be used to install and start an operating system. If you want to create more than three partitions, the fourth partition is created as an extended partition. See: Windows Help and How-to: What are system partitions and boot partitions? and The Storage Team at Microsoft - File Cabinet Blog : Understanding the error message "There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation" when you create a volume Extended Partition A type of partition on a hard drive that should be used if you want to create more than four Primary partition. Extended partitions can contain multiple logical drives that can be formatted and have drive letters assigned to them. An extended partition is a container that can hold one or more logical drive. Logical drives function like primary partitions except that they cannot be used to start an operating system. This option has been removed in Disk Management for Vista. For how, see: The Storage Team at Microsoft - File Cabinet Blog :How to create an extended partition in Windows Vista (Click Yes for Security Information) You will not lose any data on the partition (volume) that you are shrinking. You must be logged on as an administrator to perform these steps.The default location for Disk Management is C:\Windows\System32\diskmgmt.msc. EXAMPLE: Before and After with a New Partition Volume To Shrink a Partition 1. Open the Control Panel. (Classic View) A) Click on the Administrative Tools icon. B) Click on Computer Management. 2. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt. 3. In the left pane, click on Disk Management under Storage. (See screenshot below step 4) 4. Right click on the volume (EX: C:\ ) your want to shrink and click on Shrink Volume. 5. You will now see this for a moment. (See screenshot below) NOTE: It is verifying that there is enough free space on the disk to create a new partition. 6. Enter the amount of space in MB (1024 MB = 1 GB) to shrink by, from the available free space on this volume, for the new partition and click Shrink. (See screenshot below) NOTE: The value in the Total Size Before Shrink box indicates the current size of the partition and the value in the Size of Available Shrink Space indicates the maximum size that you can allocate to the new second partition. The size of the available space can be restricted by the amount of space currently allocated to on the hard drive for the virtual memory page file, System Restore max size, and hibernation files. The location of the files on the hard drive plays a big part here because these files are marked as unmovable, and Disk Management is unable to relocate them. As such, if these unmovable files are located in the middle of the total amount of free space on the disk, then only the amount of free space on the other side (to the right) of these files will actually be available for the new partition. This will result in you showing that you have x amount of free space, but not being able to use it for your partition. The only way around this is to use a 3rd party hard drive partition management program, or setup the partition when installing Vista. If you wish to force the partition to shrink, then see: the How-To Geek: Working Around Windows Vista's "Shrink Volume" Inadequacy Problems 7. After a few minutes, you will see the new unallocated (unformated) partition. (See screenshot below) To Create a New Partition from Unallocated Space 8. Right click on the new Unallocated partition and click on New Simple Volume. (See screenshot below) 9. The New Simple Volume Wizard will now appear. Just click on Next. (See screenshot below) NOTE: This wizard will make the new unallocated partition usable when finished. 10. Enter the volume size you want for the new partition and click Next. (See screenshot below) NOTE: Unless you are going to shrink this new partition, you should use the Maximum disk space in MB. 11. Dot Assign the following drive letter. (See screenshot below) A) Select a drive letter for the new partition. B) Click on Next. 12. Dot Format this volume using the following settings. (See screenshot below) NOTE: This may take a while to format the new partition volume. A) Enter a name for the new partition under Volume label. B) To save time, check Perform a quick format. C) Click on Next. 13. Click on Finish when the Succesfully Completed window pops up. (See screenshot below) 14. You will now see the Disk Management console with the new partition volume ready to be used. (See screenshot below) 15. Close Computer Management. 16. Click on Computer in the Start Menu and see your new partition volume. 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How to Activate Vista Normally and by Phone Activation This will show you how to activate Vista normally, and by using Phone activation. Phone activation is used to get a local phone number to call and get Vista activated by phone. For more information, see: Windows Help and How-to: Activating Windows FAQs Microsoft Help and Support: KB940315 A Express or Retail Vista can be installed on any one computer at a time for as many times as you like. A OEM Vista may only be able to be installed on the exact same computer 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 Microsoft no longer provides support for preinstalled OEM (recovery) copies of Vista. If you have one of these, then you must contact the OEM, instead of Microsoft in this tutorial, to activate your OEM Vista. OEM contact information should be included in the documentation that came with your computer or OEM Vista installation CD/DVD package. A OEM (retail) version Vista installation DVD that is bought separately and did not come preinstalled on a OEM computer is still supported by Microsoft using the method in this tutorial below. You only have 30 days of trial period to activate Vista, 3 days if you checked the Automatically activate Windows when I'm online while installing Vista. If you let the trial period expire, you will be placed into a Reduced Functionality Mode until you activate Vista. When you activate Vista, the product key number used will be tied to that computer. If you make significant changes to the computer, like a new motherboard, you will be required to do a Phone Activation. If you want to use it on another computer, then you must uninstall it from the other computer first and do a Phone Activation on the new computer. This is to verify that you are using the product key on only one computer. ERROR MESSAGES: For more information, see: Microsoft Help and Support: KB931276 and Microsoft Help and Support: KB951287 The Windows Vista product key you typed is invalid for activation. Your Product Key is already in use. Windows Activation Error: A problem occurred when Windows tried to activate. Error Code 0x8007232B Activate Windows Now Your activation period has expired and Windows is no longer working. To use Windows you must activate this copy of Windows. Etc.... There has been a update for this through Vista's Windows Update to help with frequent prompting to activate Vista. If this applies to you, be sure to download the correct 32/64 bit version for your Vista. See: Microsoft Help and Support: KB931573 Update EXAMPLE: Product Key Number on COA Sticker NOTE: The product key number has 25 characters in it. EXAMPLE: Vista not Activated WARNING: The Product ID number displayed here is not your Product Key number. EXAMPLE: Vista Activated WARNING: The Product ID number displayed here is not your Product Key number. Try to Activate Vista Online Normally NOTE: If you have a valid license for Vista, then double check that you entered the product key number correctly. 1. Open the Start Menu, and right click on Computer and click on Properties. A) Go to Step 3. OR 2. Open the Control Panel (Classic view), and click on the System icon. 3. Scroll down to the bottom and you will see this screenshot. (See screenshot below step 5B) 4. Click on the Activate Windows now link. A) Go to step 6. 5. If it will not activate, then click Change product key. A) Type in the product key again to make sure it is correct. NOTE: You can also use this if you just want to change it to a different product key for the same version of the installed Vista. B) Click on the Activate Windows now link. 6. Click on the Activate Windows online now link. (See screenshot below) 7. If Vista fails to activate, then proceed to step 2 below. How to Do a Phone Activation NOTE: On a preinstalled OEM Vista, you may need to call the manufacturer (Ex: HP) to get Vista activated again. OPTION ONE: 1. Do the STEP ONE section above. 2. Click Use the automated phone system to activate. (See screenshot below) A) Go to step 3 in OPTION TWO below. OPTION TWO: 1. Open the Start Menu. 2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type slui.exe 4 and press Enter. 3. Select your nearest location and click on the Next button. (See screenshot below) 4. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt. 5. A local phone number should apear with a set of numbers generated by Windows and displayed on your screen under Step 2: . (See screenshot below) NOTE: There will be sets of numbers under the 1 to 9. I just removed them here for obvious reasons. ;) 6. Call the activation phone number selected. 7. At first, the activation line will be automated, so you will be asked to enter or speak the numbers (Step 2 in screenshot below step 10) displayed on your screen into the phone. 8. If Automated Service is Successful NOTE: Usually this is not always successful. A) The automated service will issue you a set of Confirmation ID numbers. NOTE: Have a pen and paper handy to write these numbers down. B) Go to step 10. 9. If Automated Service is Unsuccessful A) If the activation service informs you that it was unsuccessful and cannot help you with activation, then STAY ON THE LINE and your call will be transferred to an activation operator who will assist you in activating your copy of Vista. The operator will give you the set of Confirmation ID numbers if they agree your copy of Vista is legitimate. NOTE: Just explain to the operator your situation and what you did to require activation. (EX: hardware upgrade, installed Vista on a new computer after uninstalling it from the old one, etc...) 10. Type in the set of Confirmarion ID numbers given to you into the Step 3: area to be able to activate Vista. (See screenshot below) NOTE: You will get these numbers from the phone automated system or operator after they have confirmed the numbers you gave them in step 7 above. NOTE: The numbers in Step 2 of this screenshot will be there for you to use in step 5 above. I have just cleared them from this screenshot for obvious reasons. ;) 11. When you get the Activation was successful window, click on Close to finish. 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