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Internet Explorer - Restore or Remove from Default Programs

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How to Restore or Remove Internet Explorer from Default Programs

This will show you how to either restore or remove Internet Explorer from the Set Default Programslist in for all users in Vista and Windows 7.
EXAMPLE: Internet Explorer Restored and Removed from Set Default Programs list





Here's How:
1. Open the Control Panel (Classic View-Vista) or (Icons view-Windows 7).

2. Click on the Default Programs icon.

3. Click on the Set program access and computer defaults link. (See...

Windows Media Center - Restore or Remove from Default Programs

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How to Restore or Remove Windows Media Center from Default Programs

This will show you how to either restore or remove Windows Media Center from the Set Default Programslist for all users in Vista and Windows 7.The N and KN editions of Windows 7 have all the features that normally come with each individual Windows 7 edition, except for Windows Media Player 12 and related programs, such as Windows Media Center or Windows DVD Maker.

The N editions of Windows 7 allow you to choose your own...

Windows Media Player - Restore or Remove from Default Programs

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How to Restore or Remove Windows Media Player from Default Programs

This will show you how to either restore or remove Windows Media Player (WMP) from the Set Default Programslist in for all users in Vista and Windows 7.The N and KN editions of Windows 7 have all the features that normally come with each individual Windows 7 edition, except for Windows Media Player 12 and related programs, such as Windows Media Center or Windows DVD Maker.

The N editions of Windows 7 allow you to choose...

Services - Delete

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How to Delete a Service in Windows

This will show you how to delete a service of your choice from the Services window.This can be handy if a program (ex: antivirus) that you installed added a service, and it was not removed from Services due to it not uninstalling properly, or you just want to delete unused services to make it easier to modify the other services.Once you delete a service, it is gone from Vista. I would strongly recommend that you create a restore point before doing this...

File Menu - Restore or Remove

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How to Restore or Remove "File" from the Windows Explorer Menu Bar

This will show you how to restore or remove File from the Menu bar in Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer for all users in Windows 7 and Vista.You will need to have the Menu bar enabled to be able to see the File menu item.
EXAMPLE: Windows Explorer Menu bar with File Restored and Removed





Through the Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local...

Account Lockout when a User Fails to Logon - Enable

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How to Set Vista Account Lockout when a User Fails to Logon

This will allow you to set Vista to lockout user accounts at logon when a user fails to have a valid logon for how many attempts you specify until how many minutes you specify until they can try logging on again, or until a administrator unlocks the user account. By default, this is not enabled in Vista.Failed password attempts against workstations or member servers that have been locked using either CTRL+ALT+DELETE or password...

Color Scheme - Allow or Prevent Change

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How to Allow or Prevent the Color Scheme to be Changed in Vista

This will show you how to allow or prevent the Color Scheme in the Apearance Settings window to be changed for all users. By default, the color scheme is allowed to be changed.This is for the Windows Aero (All Vista editions except Home Basic), Windows Vista Standard (Only the Vista Home Basic edition), Windows Vista Basic, Windows Standard, Windows Classic, High Contrast White, High Contrast Black, High Contrast #2, and High...

Compatibility Properties Tab - Restore or Remove

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How to Restore or Remove the "Compatibilty" Tab in Vista

This will show you how to restore or remove the Compatibility tab in the Properties window of all folders, files, shortcuts, and drives for all users on the computer. By default, the Compatibility tab is displayed in Properties.If the methods below do not help in restoring the Compatibility tab, then run the sfc /scannow command to repair the C:\Windows\System32\wer.dll and C:\Windows\System32\faultrep.dll files.
EXAMPLE...

Windows Features - Disable or Enable

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How to Disable or Enable Windows Features Access in Vista

This will show you how to enable or disable access of Turn Windows and Features On or Off to view, enable, or disable various Windows features and services for all users.
EXAMPLE: Windows Features Enabled or Disabled
NOTE: The Turn Windows and Features On or Off link is found in the Control Panel's Programs and Features window.




Through the Local Group Policy Editor
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users...

Programs and Features - Disable or Enable

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How to Disable or Enable Programs and Features in Vista

This will show you how to enable or disable access of Programs and Features in the Control Panel to view, uninstall, change, or repair programs that are currently installed on the computer for all users.This will not prevent a program from being uninstalled by a 3rd party program or manually from the program's uninstaller in it's C:\Program Files folder.
EXAMPLE: Programs and Features Disabled



Through the Local Group Policy Editor...

Check to see which DirectX is installed

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How to Check if DirectX 10 and 10.1 is Properly Installed
The DirectX Diagnostic Tool (opened by typing dxdiag in the Start menu search bar and pressing enter) displays which current DirectX version you have. DirectX comes with any Windows, DirectX 10 comes standard with any Windows Vista and DirectX 10.1 comes with Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista, but DirectX Diagnostics will still display DirectX 10.RELATED LINK:

How to Use the DirectX Diagnostic Tool in Vista


If you want to be sure...

Elevated Command Prompt

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How to Open a Elevated Command Prompt in Vista

This will show you how to open a elevated command prompt with administrator rights (Run as administrator) instead of the default command prompt without administrator rights.The cmd.exe file for the command prompt is located at C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe
EXAMPLE: The Default Command Prompt (top) and the Elevated Command Prompt (bottom)
NOTE: Notice how the elevated command prompt opens to the C:\Windows\System32 location instead of just the...

USB Bootable Vista Installation Flash Thumb Drive

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How to Create a Vista Installation USB Key

This will show you how to create a USB flash key drive that you can boot from to install Vista with.If the USB flash drive is of sufficient capacity, say 8GB, then after copying the Vista installation DVD onto it, you can create a new folder (ex: Device Drivers) in the USB key and place all of your latest driver installation files in it. This way you will have them handy to manually install the drivers after installing Vista from the USB key.

You...

Game Shortcut Links in Games Explorer Do Not Work

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How to Fix Game Shortcut Links in Vista Games Explorer

If you click on any game shortcut link in the Games Explorer window and it does not work or you get the error: This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel. , then this will show you how to fix this. For missing game shortcuts, you will just need to create and copy a new shortcut into the Games Explorer window.This usually happens when the XP...

User Profile Folders - Prevent or Allow Location Change

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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 on the computer. These are the Contacts, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Favorites, Links, Music, Pictures, Save Games, Searches, and Videos folders.This is allowed by default in Vista.
EXAMPLE: Personal User Profile FoldersNOTE: Location is at C:\Users\(User Name)...

Tape Drives - Allow or Deny Read and Write Access

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How to Deny or Allow Read and Write Access to Tape Drives in Vista and Windows 7

This will show you how to deny or allow read and write access to all Tape Drives that are connected to your computer for all users.By default, read and write access is allowed for these drives in Vista for all users. You can set to allow or deny only the read or write access, or you can allow or deny both read and write access.If you have All Removable Devices set as denied, then it will take precedence over...

Removable Hard Disk Drives - Allow or Deny Read and Write Access

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How to Deny or Allow Read and Write Access to Removable Hard Drives in Windows

This will show you how to deny or allow read and write access to all removable external Hard Disk Drives that are connected to your computer for all users in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.By default, read and write access is allowed for these drives for all users. You can set to allow or deny only the read or write access, or you can allow or deny both read and write access.If you have All Removable...

DVD and CD Drive - Allow or Deny Read and Write Access

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How to Deny or Allow Read and Write Access to CD and DVD Drives in Vista and Windows 7

This will show you how to deny or allow read and write access to all CD and DVD Drives that are connected to your computer for all users.By default, read and write access is allowed for these drives in Vista for all users. You can set to allow or deny only the read or write access, or you can allow or deny both read and write access.If you have All Removable Devices set as denied, then it will take...

USB Floppy or Floppy Drive - Allow or Deny Read and Write Access

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How to Deny or Allow Read and Write Access to Floppy Drives in Vista and Windows 7

This will show you how to deny or allow read and write access to any Floppy and USB Floppy Drives that are connected to your computer for all users.

This is not for USB flash drives or USB external hard drives.

By default, read and write access is allowed for these drives in Vista for all users. You can set to allow or deny only the read or write access, or you can allow or deny both read and write...

Removable Drives - Allow or Deny All Access

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How to Deny or Allow Access to All Removable Drives in Vista and Windows 7

This will show you how to deny or allow read and write access to all removable drives connected to your computer for all users. This will include access to all removable Hard Disk, CD/DVD, Floppy and USB Floppy drive, WPD (Windows Portable Devices), and Tape drive media.By default, all access is allowed to removable drives in Vista for all users. This can be handy if you do not want people that share the computer to...
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