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Mystify Screen Saver - Customize Settings

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How to Customize the Vista Mystify Screen Saver Settings

By default the Mystify screen saver has no options to set in the Screen Saver Settings window. However, you can customize the Mystify screen saver settings through the registry instead. This will show you how to.The default location of the Mystify screen saver file is at:

C:\Windows\System32\Mystify.scr.You will just need to play with the settings and adjust the Value Data (step 8) until you get the desired affect from the selected...

Bubbles Screen Saver - Customize Settings

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How to Customize the Vista Bubbles Screen Saver Settings

By default the Bubbles screen saver has no options to set in the Screen Saver Settings window. However, you can customize the Bubbles screen saver settings through the registry instead. This will show you how to.The default location of the Aurora screen saver file is at C:\Windows\System32\Bubbles.scr.You will just need to play with the settings and adjust the Value Data (step 8) until you get the desired affect from the selected...

Aurora Screen Saver - Customize Settings

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How to Customize the Vista Aurora Screen Saver Settings

By default the Aurora screen saver has no options to set in the Screen Saver Settings window. However, you can customize the Aurora screen saver settings through the registry instead. This will show you how to.The default location of the Aurora screen saver file is at:
C:\Windows\System32\Aurora.scr.You will just need to play with the settings and adjust the Value Data (step 8) until you get the desired affect from the selected DWORD...

Start Menu - Highlight Newly Installed Programs

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How to Enable or Disable "Highlight Newly Installed Programs" in Vista Start Menu

This will show you how to enable or disable the option to have newly installed programs to be highlighted in the Start Menu. This option is enabled by default in Vista.EXAMPLE: Hightlight Newly Installed Programs Enabled and Disabled
NOTE: For example, the Firefox beta version below was just recently installed on my system.



Here's How:
1. Right click on the Start button and click on Properties.

2. Click on...

Enable Windows Aero on Windows Vista Home Basic

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How to Enable Windows Aero on Windows Vista Home Basic

If you have bought Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic and want to use Windows Aero, So this is the tutorial for you!If your computer's Window Experience Index Scores is less then 2.8 it isn't recommended for you to enable Windows AeroIt recommended that you make a backup of the registry before starting for a case of something will mess up - If you will follow the steps nothing wrong should happen..I don't know if it work's with SP1...

Detailed Status Messages - Logon, Logoff, and Shutdown

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Enable or Disable Detailed Verbose Logon, Logoff, Startup, and Shutdown Status Messages in Vista and Windows 7

This will allow you to enable or disable displaying status messages that reflect each step in the process of starting, shutting down, logging on, or logging off the computer.This is disabled by default in Vista and Windows 7.If enabled, you will get more detailed (verbose) status messages than just the normal "Logging On", "Logging Off", or "Shutting Down" messages.
EXAMPLE...

File Signature Verification

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How to Open and Use File Signature Verification in Vista and Windows 7

File Signature Verification is used to check the integrity of critical operating system files by verifying if they have been digitally signed.Any critical files that are not digitally signed are displayed in a results list. A complete list of the system files checked is available in a log file stored at:

C:\Users\Public\Documents\SIGVERIF.TXT.

Any file that is not digitally signed should be verified by you to see if it...

Windows Calendar - Enable or Disable

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How to Enable or Disable Windows Calendar in Vista
This will show you how to Enable (Turn on) or Disable (Turn off) Windows Calendar for all users on the computer in Vista.The Windows Calendar .exe file is located at:

C:\Program Files\Windows Calendar\WinCal.exe


EXAMPLE: Windows Calendar Disabled



Through the Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2...

Chimney Offload State - Enable or Disable

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How to Enable or Disable the Chimney Offload State in Vista

This will show you how to enable or disable the TCP Chimney Offload State to offload TCP processing for a network connection from the CPU to the network adapter instead. This helps improve the processing of network data on your computer or server without the need for additional programs or any loss to manageability or security. Programs that are currently bound by network processing overhead will generally scale better when used...

Boot Process: Windows Vista vs. Windows XP

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Boot Process: Windows Vista vs. Windows XP

The boot process in Windows Vista differs from Windows XP in where the operating system is located and the way it is initialized.
As with XP the process begins with the BIOS, then moves to the Master Boot Record (MBR). When the MBR has completed its task, the Partition Boot Record (PBR) will take over and look for the boot loader. In XP, the startup code would look for the NTLDR boot loader, whereas in Vista, the new boot is Bootmgr. The Bootmgr...

Windows Mail - Restore or Remove from Default Programs

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How to Restore or Remove Windows Mail from Default Programs

This will show you how to either restore or remove Windows Mail from the Set Default Programs list in Vista for all users.If you wanted to set Windows Mail as the default email program, then see this tutorialinstead.
EXAMPLE: Internet Explorer Restored and Removed from Set Default Programs list





Using a REG File Download
NOTE: This option will only restore Windows Mail back to the Set Default Programs list.
1. Click on the...

Boot Screen - Change

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How to Change the Default Boot Screen in Vista

The boot screen is the screen that displays during the bootup (startup) of Vista before the logon screen (welcome screen) and the desktop.Running the sfc/ scannow command will reset the boot screen back to default.If you wanted to run chkdsk at startup or the Memory Diagnostic Tool and you have changed the default boot screen, then you will need to temporarily change the boot screen back to the default boot screen to be able to see what is...

Network Connection - Delete

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How to Delete a Network Connection in Vista

This will show you how to delete a network connection that you have setup on your computer in Vista.If you delete your only network connection, then you will have no network connection until you setup another one.

Here's How:
1. Open the Control Panel (Classic view).

A) Click on the Network and Sharing Center icon.

B) Go to step 2.

OR

1. Right click on the taskbar Network system tray icon.

A) Click on Network and Sharing Center.

2. Click on...

"New Contact" and "New Contact Group" Button Missing

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How to Restore the Missing "New Contact" and "New Contact Group" Button in Vista Contacts Folder

This will show you how to restore the missing New Contact and New Contact Group toolbar buttons in the C:\Users\(user name)\Contacts folder window.If the New Contact or New Contact Group button does not work, then double check to make sure that Windows Contacts is set as the default program with all of it's associations set to it as well.
EXAMPLE: C:\Users\(user name)\Contacts Folder Window...

Last Access Updating - Enable or Disable

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How to Enabled or Disable Last Access Updating in Vista

By default Last Access Updating is disabled in Vista. If Last Access Updating is enabled, Vista will update files with the last access update time when they are opened or accessed by you or any application.This can be handy if you need to know when the last time a file was accessed on your computer.If enabled, the Last Access Updating option can cause Vista to slow down a little bit since it will always be updating the last access...

Welcome Center - Enable or Disable at All Users Startup

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How to Enable or Disable the Vista Welcome Center for All Users Startup

This will show you how to enable or disable the Welcome Center from running at startup or log on for all user accounts on the computer including any new user accounts created.By default the Welcome Center is enabled to run at startup until you disable it.This can be handy to prevent the Welcome Center from running at log on or startup for new user accounts that you have created without having to manually disable the...

Welcome Center - Enable or Disable at Startup

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How to Enable or Disable the Vista Welcome Center at Startup

This will show you how to enable or disable the Welcome Center from running at startup for only the currently logged in user account.By default the Welcome Center is enabled to run at startup until you disable it.If you wish to do this with another user account than the user account that you are logged into, then you will need to log out and log on to that account instead.

Through Welcome Center and Control Panel
1. To Enable the...

Welcome Center - Customize Manufacturer Information

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How to Customize the Welcome Center Manufacturer Information

If you're running Vista and do not disable Welcome Center at start-up, then this will show you how to customize it.

If you have purchased your computer and your operating system is integrated with it, your manufacturer's information might already be modified or created by your manufacturer.

For example, I have here a DELL logo:


And I change it to something like this:


LOL...:p


To do that, simply:
1. Click on...

System Restore Point - Disable for Application Install

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How to Enable or Disable Create Vista System Restore Point when a Application is Installed

This will show you how to enable or disable System Restore from creating a restore point automatically when you install a application on your computer.System Restore enables users, in the event of a problem, to restore their computers to a previous state without losing personal data files. By default, the Windows Installer automatically creates a System Restore point each time an application is...

Determine if your processor is x64 (64-bit) capable

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How to Determine if your Processor is x64 (64-bit) Capable

Windows Vista has it's own version for x64 processors like AMD and some Intel. Windows Vista x64 Edition offers extra security features and some speed improvements. (for more information about x64, click HERE!)

Now to determine if your processor can run x64, do the following :




click Start
right-click Computer
select Properties
open Windows Experience Index (right side of your score)




Then click View and print Details.
When...
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