Tutorials

Favorites Favicon Icons - Reset

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How to Reset the Favorites Favicons in Vista and Windows 7

This will show you how reset the favicons in the Favorites website links by wiping them out so that they will reload again the next time you visit the website so that they will display correctly again. The Favorites folder is at: C:\Users\(user name)\Favorites.A favicon is a small unique 16x16 pixels .ico (icon) file that appears in the Internet Explorer address bar and added Favorites links from that particular website.

Favicons...

Internet Explorer 8 - Enable or Disable SmartScreen Filter

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How to Enable or Disable SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer 8

SmartScreen (Phishing) Filter is designed to warn you if the website you are visiting is impersonating another website or contains threats to you computer. This will show you how to enable to disable the SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer 8. For more about SmartScreen Filter, see: Internet Explorer 8: More secure, private, and reliableSmartScreen Filter helps protect you against inadvertent installation of malware—or...

Internet Explorer InPrivate Filtering - Turn On or Off

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How to Turn Internet Explorer InPrivate Filtering On or Off

InPrivate Filtering in IE8 and IE9 helps prevent the websites you visit from automatically sharing details about your visit with other websites. This will show you how to turn InPrivate Filtering to off, Automatically block (on), or Choose content to block or allow (on) in the current Internet Explorer browsing session. When turned on, InPrivate Filtering will only stay on in the current Internet Explorer browsing session. When you...

Internet Explorer 8 - Enable or Disable InPrivate Filtering Data

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How to Enable or Disable InPrivate Filtering Data in Internet Explorer 8

InPrivate Filtering Data is saved data used by InPrivate Filtering to detect where websites may be automatically sharing details about your visit. This will show you how to enable or disable InPrivate Filtering Data in Vista Internet Explorer 8.InPrivate Filtering helps you control whether third parties can automatically collect information about your web browsing based on the sites you visit. InPrivate Filtering does...

Registry Editor - Find and Find Next

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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...

File Extension Type Icon - Change

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How to Change a File Extension Type Icon in Vista

This will show you how to change the default icon for a file extension type of your choice to whatever icon you want it to be displayed as in Windows Explorer instead. This will change all of the icons for that file extension type in Vista, not just the shortcuts of them.

To see what the file extension is for a file, see: How to Show and Change a File Name Extension in Vista

Some Common Default Icon Registry Locations:

Unknown file icon -...

Registry Editing

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How to Use the Registry Editor in Vista and other Techniques

Misuse of the registry can lead to problems resulting in the need to reinstall Vista. Unlike many other programs, there is no 'Undo' function in the registry. Any changes made take effect immediately and cannot be undone except by the same method. Proceed with caution.
The posts that I shall be referring to are E-mail Fonts and word 2007 send to buttton greyed out. I have chosen these because the first can be edited by a standard...

Log On Shutdown Options - Remove or Restore

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How to Remove or Restore the Vista Log On Shutdown Options

This will show you how to remove or restore the red box shutdown options from the Log On screen in Vista. By default, the shutdown options are available in the log on screen.If the shutdown options are removed from the log on screen, then users will not be able to shutdown or restart the computer unless they are logged on to Vista, or press the case power button or reset button.
EXAMPLE: Log On Screen with Shutdown Options Restored...

New E-mail to a Common Contact Shortcut

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How to Create a New E-mail Message to a Specified Contact's E-mail Address Shortcut

This will show you how to create a New E-Mail Message shortcut that will open the New Message window of your default email program with a specified contact's email-address already in the To field in Vista and Windows 7.This can be handy if you have a contact that you are always sending new email messages to.EXAMPLE: New Message window from Windows Mail with a Contact's email address



Here's How:
1. Right...

New E-mail Message Shortcut

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How to Create a "New E-mail Message" Shortcut in Vista and Windows 7

This will show you how to create a New E-mail Message shortcut that will open the New Message window of whatever default email client program that you have installed in Vista and Windows 7.
EXAMPLE: New Message window from Windows Mail



To Download the "New E-mail Message" Shortcut
1. Click on the Download button below to download the file below.

New_E-mail_Message.zip...

Internet Explorer No Add-ons - Start Page

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How to Change the Default Start Page for Internet Explorer No Add-ons

When you start Internet Explorer (No Add-ons), it loads the default about:NoAdd-ons start page instead of the Home page that you had set for Internet Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to change the default start page for Internet Explorer (No Add-ons) to what you want it to open to instead.

To open Internet Explorer in No Add-ons mode, open the Start Menu and click on All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and...

Internet Explorer No Add-ons Shortcut

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How to Create a "Internet Explorer No Add-ons" Shortcut in Vista

This will allow you to download and restore the Internet Explorer (No Add-ons) shortcut for either the 32 bit or 64 bit Vista.Internet Explorer (No Add-ons) is primarily a troubleshooting tool to help determine if you have a bad add-on installed in Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer (No Add-ons) loads Internet Explorer with all add-ons, such as ActiveX controls or toolbars, turned off.To see if you have the 32 bit or 64 bit...

VistaForums SysInfo Tool

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VistaForums SysInfo Tool

Post Bugs, Feature Requests or comments here!




Designed to help you find Information about your system and enable other users to identify problems and help you quicker!


32bit & 64bit



Version 1.21
https://www.vistax64.com/attachments/vistaforums-sysinfo-exe.6023/

Created by: Shao128

Scanner Use with Vista

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How to Use a Scanner with Vista

This function is built-in to Vista for many scanners - I have the HP1110 model (shown here as HP psc 1100) and have no problems with it. The main programs that you are likely to use with the scanner are Paint and Windows Photo Gallery. These can be run by clicking the start orb, typing the appropriate name in the search box and pressing enter/return. The procedures used with each program are described in detail below.

Scan Using Paint

1) To scan using...

Elevated Command Prompt Shortcut - Create

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How to Create a Elevated Command Prompt Shortcut in Vista

Some commands that you can run using Command Prompt might require elevated or administrative privileges. This will show you how to create a Elevated Command Prompt shortcut so you do not have to always do this by right clicking on the default Command Prompt shortcut and click Run as administrator.After you click on the new Elevated Command Prompt shortcut, you will be prompted by UAC to click Continue before it opens.EXAMPLE: The...

Connect to a Non-Broadcasting Network

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Connect to a Non-Broadcasting Network in Vista

This guide requires that you know the SSID and Password of the network you are going to connect to.

1. Double-Click on the icon in the right corner of your taskbar.

2. Click Network and Sharing Center.

3. Click Set up a connection or network.

4. Double-Click Manually connect to a wireless network.

5. Enter the information required; make sure you check Connect even if the network is not broadcasting.

6. Click Next and finish the setup.

Disk Cleanup Windows Error Reporting Bug Fix

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How to Fix the Vista Disk Cleanup Windows Error Reporting Bug

This will show you how to fix the bug in Disk Cleanup when the listed items below have huge GB file sizes.

Per user archived Windows Error Reporting Files
Per user queued Windows Error Reporting Files
System archived Windows Error Reporting Files
System queued Windows Error Reporting Files

This is thought to be caused by some registry cleaning program that was allowed to delete or delete part of these registry entries located...

Bypassing 'Show Desktop' bug in RocketDock

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Bypassing 'Show Desktop' bug in RocketDock

This tutorial will show an easy way to bypass RocketDock of minimizing too when pressing the 'Show Desktop' button.

1. Make a new Text Document.

2. Enter the following lines into the document:

Set shell = wscript.CreateObject("Shell.Application")
Shell.MinimizeAll

3. Save the document.

4. Rename the document to a VBscript file. (ex. Minimize.vbs)

5. Put the file in your Documents folder. (or somewhere where it won't be deleted)

6. Make a...

Reliability Monitor - Reset

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How to Reset Reliability Monitor in Vista

Reliability Monitor is an advanced tool that measures hardware and software problems and other changes to your computer. It collects 24 hours of data before it displays any results and calculates the stability index that ranges from 1 (the least stable) to 10 (the most stable). You can use the index to help evaluate the reliability of your computer by reviewing the reported application failures, Windows failures, Miscellaneous failures, Warnings...

Malicious Software Removal Tool

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How to Use the Malicious Software Removal Tool in Vista

This will show you how to open and use the Malicious Software Removal Tool (MRT) to manually run scans for and automatically remove malicious software.

For more information and FAQs about the Malicious Software Removal Tool, please read:
The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool helps remove specific, prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server...
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