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Windows Vista Tutorials, Tricks and Tips.
Jan 10
57,774
5

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

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.
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57,774
Jan 10
3 4 5
178,445
88

How to Restore Missing Default Start Menu Shortcuts in Vista

This will provide you with separate downloads that include all of the All Programs default shortcuts in the Start menu for each edition of Vista so you can either restore all of the shortcuts or just the ones you need.
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88
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178,445
Jan 05
83,260
17

How to Add a Tray Bar Icon for Windows Mail

This will show you how to add a system tray icon to Windows Mail so it can be minimized to the tray icon, allowing you to be notified of new messages without Windows Mail being on the taskbar.
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17
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83,260
Jan 10
3 4 5
1,144,395
96

How to Run Check Disk at Startup in Vista or Windows 7

This will show you how to use and run Check Disk or chkdsk at startup from within Vista, the command prompt, and the registry to check for corruption and possibly repair errors and bad sectors on the hard drive.
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96
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1,144,395
Jan 10
3 4 5
515,544
82

How to Enable or Disable Search Index in Vista and Windows 7

This will show you how to Enable or Disable the Search Index. You may want to disable it to get more accurate search results, or to stop your hard drive from running so much.
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82
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515,544
Jan 10
14 15 16
286,048
316

How to Create a Vista SP1 Slipstream Installation DVD

This will show you how to create a Vista installation DVD with the Vista SP1 slipstreamed into it for any 32 and 64 bit version of Vista you want. This DVD will allow you to do a clean install of Vista with the SP1 all at once instead of installing Vista first then the SP1.
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316
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286,048
Jan 10
75,010
8

This tutorial will show an easy way to bypass RocketDock of minimizing too when pressing the 'Show Desktop' button.
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8
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75,010
Jan 10
8 9 10
538,819
180

How to Add Take Ownership to the Context Menu in Vista

This will show you how to add Take Ownership to the Context (right click) menu for all folders, files, and drives in Vista and Windows 7. This will make it easier to take ownership of items and all subfolders and subfiles in a folder to.
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180
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538,819
Jan 10
8 9 10
1,103,785
198

How to Take Ownership of a Item in Vista and Windows 7

This will show you how to be able to delete or modify a system file, folder, registry key, or drive in Vista by taking Ownership and allowing your user account full control of the item.
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198
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1,103,785
Jan 10
8 9 10
232,894
185

How to Change the System Restore Disk Space Usage Amount in Vista

This will show you how to change the System Restore (Shadow Copy) maximum disk space usage from the default 15 % of you hard drive volume to what you want it to be instead, and to see how much space is being used.
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185
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232,894
Jan 05
9 10 11
503,804
214

If after you set Check Disk or chkdsk to run at startup it will not run, then this will show you how to fix this problem so chkdsk will run at startup.
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214
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503,804
Jan 10
9 10 11
245,688
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How to Set Vista for the CPU L2 Cache Memory Size

This will show you how to set the Vista for the actual CPU L2 cache memory size incase Vista fails to get it from the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) and uses a default L2 cache size of only 256 KB instead of the actual size.
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200
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245,688
Jan 10
2 3
143,638
40

How to Extract Files from the Vista Installation DVD

This will show you how to extract original files from the retail Vista installation DVD. You can then use these extracted files to replace missing or corrupted system files in your current Vista installation.
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40
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143,638
Jan 05
33,915
2

How to Prevent or Allow User Profile Folders Location Change in Vista

This will show you how to allow or prevent the default locations of the C:\Users\(user name) Personal User folders from being changed for all user accounts. These are the Contacts, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Favorites, Links, Music, Pictures, Save Games, Searches, and Videos folders.
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2
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33,915
Jan 10
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826,326
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How to Reset Windows Explorer Folder View Settings to Make Vista Remember

This will show you how to reset the Windows Explorer Folder View settings, turn off automatic folder type discovery, and increase the folder view cache to help Vista remember the view settings, folder type template, size, or position of all windows as you last left them when closed.
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451
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826,326
Jan 10
2 3
321,853
51

How To Turn DEP On or Off for a Program in Vista and Windows 7

This will show you how to turn DEP (Data Execution Prevention) on or off for a specified program.
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51
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321,853
Jan 05
104,337
8

How to Add View and Print File Directory to the Context Menu in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

This will show you how to add View File Directory and Print File Directory in the context menu for all folders and drives. This will allow you to easily print or view a file and folder directory list when you right click on a folder and click on View File Directory or Print File Directory.
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8
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104,337
Jan 10
167,033
18

How to Disable or Enable the Transient Multimon Manager (TMM) in Vista

This will show you how to Disable or Enable the Transient Multimon Manager (TMM). This is the 2-3 second delay followed by a blank black screen as Vista searches for monitor changes when you startup Vista.
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18
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167,033
Jan 10
219,545
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How to Run Disk Defragmenter from the Command Prompt in Vista

This will show you how to run Vista's Disk Defragmenter from the command prompt instead of the program to use more options.
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19
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219,545
Jan 10
2 3
90,646
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How to Make a "Create System Restore Point" Shortcut in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

This tutorial will provide you with a create a manual system restore point shortcut that will instantly create a restore point with an optional description and success message in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
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43
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90,646