Disable Recent Items: In the following simple solution, I cover the process of Disabling or Hiding the Recent Items List in Windows Vista. There are cases in which one might want to disable remove the Recent Items List entirely from the Start Menu. This Vista Recent Items List is basically a doorway to your most recent activity and maybe you don’t want your recent activity exposed.
Clearing the Recent Items List in Windows Vista. In the following simple solution, I’ll show you how to Clear Recent Items on your Windows Vista PC. Much like the Windows XP tutorial on how to Clear Recent Documents, clearing your Vista Recent Items is a step towards removing traces of personal browsing history on your PC. The Recent Items List is used to display your most recently accessed files or programs in an effort to make it easier to quickly access those programs or files at a later point in time.
Remove Old Drivers: In the following simple solution, I’ll show you how to remove old drivers from Windows Vista. Leaving Old Drivers in place after upgrading your hardware can cause performance issues and in some cases hardware driver conflict (this is especially true with video and sound card drivers). Normally, you wont be able to see devices and their drivers for old hardware in device manager as only active devices are displayed.
In the following simple solution, I will show you how to login to Windows Vista as Administrator. By default, the Windows Vista Administrative account is disabled and the Administrator user account does not appear during login. However, enabling the admin account to be accessible at login is not very complicated.
By default the Windows Vista TCP IP stack does not allow access to a local server using localhost. Many people find this out the hard way, after having installed XAMPP or other local server software on their Windows Vista PC. After installation, they can access the local server via 127.0.0.1, but not via localhost. In the following simple solution, I will show you how to resolve this problem and regain access to your XAMPP server using localhost once again.
Vista 64 bit Flash Player: In the following simple solution, I cover the process of Installing Adobe Flash Player on Windows Vista 64 bit Operating System. As you may have noticed when running Vista 64, when you visit a site that contains flash elements and you proceed to the download link to download Adobe Flash Player, you may be presented with an error that says:
How to make Vista Faster: In the following simple solution, I’ll show you how to make Vista Startup and Shutdown faster. There are many options available to make your Windows Vista quicker, however, many of these options require reducing Vista’s functionality. We will try to focus on options that do not limit functionality.
Windows Vista Score Not Updating: It appears that many people are having issues with their Windows Experience Index Scores or Vista Performance Scores not updating or refreshing. In many cases, this occurs after a fresh install of Windows Vista, after updating video card drivers or after changing video cards. In the following simple solution, I’ll show you how to fix the Windows Vista Score will not update issue.
In the following simple solution, I cover the process of installing Windows Vista on a Macbook Pro. For many people, migrating from a Windows PC to a Mac is a tough transition. You can become quickly overwhelmed when trying to learn how to navigate and use the Mac OS X Leopard operating system. In many cases, a user will need to find equivalent software in order to establish the creature comforts they were accustomed to with Windows.
In the following simple solution, I show you how to fix the Unrecognized Partition Table for Drive 80 boot error that may occur while attempting to boot Windows Vista from your Macbook Pro. The error may read or appear as follows: “Unrecognized Partition Table for Drive 80. Please rebuild it using a Microsoft-compatible FDISK tool.” canâ€™t boot from NTLDR from drive=0Ã—80.
Windows Aero is a Vista user interface that uses the translucent effect of Aero Glass, reflections, shadows, and smooth animations. Some people would prefer to disable this eye candy as it’s functionality is purely visual. In some cases a Vista user might even notice a performance boost by disabling Windows Aero. In the following simple solution, I’ll show you how to disable Aero and return your Windows Vista interface back to basic.
Are you looking to change your Windows Vista product key in order to activate Windows Vista? There are two simple ways you can do this. You can easily change your Vista product key via the shortcut in the System menu or you could use the command line tool to do this very quickly. In the following simple solution, I cover both approaches.
The following simple solution explains How to Fix Vista MBR. Knowing how to Fix a broken Vista MBR (Master Boot Record), can be very important. Especially if you have installed GRUB or modified the current boot loader, rendering your Windows Vista Operating system unbootable. The entire Vista MBR repair process is fairly straight forward and requires only an original Windows Vista installation DVD containing bootrec.exe to repair the broken MBR.
The Windows Vista search indexing service (desktop search) has been for many, more of an annoyance than than the helpful search tool it was designed to be. As most have probably noticed, the Vista search indexing tool seems to continue indexing files at inappropriate times, grinding away at the hard drive and further slowing down the computer while your trying to do your work. So what can we do to keep the Search indexing tool from taking over our resources while were trying to get work done? Read on to disable this search indexing feature.
Vista Boot PRO is a Free Vista Boot Menu Manager tool that can be used to edit your Windows Vista bootloader or boot configuration. The Vista Boot Manager comes in very handy if you have installed multiple operating systems. Simple or advanced boot changes can be made with the tool. For example, you can change the name of the operating system boot entries, add new boot entries or even change the advanced Boot settings. The Vista Boot Management utility can be run from Windows XP, Windows 2003 or Windows Vista with the .NET 2.0 or later framework installed.
Looking to install Windows Vista on your PC, but don’t want to get rid of Windows XP? In the following simple solution, I show you how to install Windows Vista alongside an existing installation of Windows XP. Once you have completed these instructions, you will be able to dual boot Windows XP and Vista. During system startup, you will be able to select to boot from either Windows XP or Windows Vista. In addition, both Windows XP and Windows Vista will be installed on the same hard drive, eliminating the need to install Windows Vista to a second hard drive.
How to make your Windows Vista administrative account act like an XP admin account: As we all know, with the introduction of Windows Vista has come the inclusion of many new security features. We might even consider some of these features overkill. If you are using good real time protection antivirus software and real time firewall protection, you can, in most cases, turn off the additional security features that have been included with Windows Vista. I personally like to run my Windows boxes on an admin account with full administrative rights. This eliminates any need to give permission or hand over control for specific access rights. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to do the same.
If you’ve used Windows Vista for any great amount of time, you have most likely seen UAC (User Account Control). UAC is that annoying, nagging, “Windows Needs your permission to continue” popup window that seems to appear whenever you attempt to run just about any program. The UAC prompt typically occurs when attempting to run any program that requires administrative rights in Windows Vista.
In the following quick tutorial, I’ll show you how to set up Windows Vista to display hidden system files and folders. Setting up Windows Vista to display hidden system files and folders is a bit different than it is with Windows XP. In Vista you can find these options in the Control Panel. Before proceeding, remember that system files are hidden for a reason. Be careful and cautious.
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer is a tool developed by Microsoft that can be used to test the Security of your system. It can help determine if your Computer is functioning in accordance with the Microsoft security recommendations and will then offer additional specific remedial guidance if necessary to correct security problems. I would recommend that anyone with PC and Network security concerns to download and try this tool.
Microsoft released Service Pack 1 to the public today and it should be available via Windows Update soon for most people as well. However, if your looking to install the stand alone update of Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista 32 or Windows Vista 64, you can find it at the following Official Microsoft links. Hopefully, the service pack addresses the slow performance issues many have complained about in the past.
Windows Internet Explorer 8 is the next generation browser from Microsoft. The IE8 Web Browser is commonly used by those running Microsoft’s Windows Vista Operating Systems. However, Windows XP users can enjoy the benefits of using Internet Explorer Beta 1 as well. The version of Windows Internet Explorer 8 outlined below will run on a Windows XP or XP Pro system with Service Pack 2 installed.
Some featured highlights of this new version include the ability to prevent phishing and deceptive websites from appearing without user permission. Top Level domain highlighting, so the user can confirm the domain they are visiting. Activities and Webslice features allow the user a much more interactive experience while enabling Website Publishers to increase their reach. The user can also select to navigate using the emulate IE7 feature.
The following tutorial explains how to use your USB flash drive as extended system memory when running the Windows Vista operating system. With the release of Windows Vista came the introduction to a new technology called ReadyBoost. This technology allows a Vista user to use their portable USB flash drive, SD card or CF card as an extension of system memory. This is beneficial because it is faster than the old method of extending system memory via the use of a Page file or “virtual memory” which used the hard disk.
So your looking to add/remove programs in Windows Vista? In Windows XP, there was an applet named add/remove programs located in the control panel. In Vista, the naming structure has changed a bit. The new applet for adding and removing programs in Vista is simply called “programs” or “programs and features” for those using the classic menu.
Removing the OEM Branding of Windows Vista: The following tutorial covers how to add, remove, edit, change and modify the factory OEM branding that comes Windows Vista from system manufacturers. OEM’s typically include their logo and other system builder information in the System information applet when the install Windows. The goal of this tutorial is to enable a user to customize the OEM “logo” and “manufacturer” information of the users Vista machine.
Q: Why do I get an Access Denied error when trying to open a folder? A: In Windows Vista, many folders that used to be used by earlier versions of Windows have been moved to a new location or given a new name in Windows Vista. However, the old folders can still be seen if you have enabled Show Hidden Files, and they look like the following:
Help, I’ve lost my recycle bin: Within Windows Vista, There is now a New Delete option when right-clicking the Recycle Bin. This option gives the Vista user the option of easily removing the shortcut from the desktop. I’ve often found that many people accidentally click the delete option and appear puzzled when they can no longer find the recycle bin shortcut on the desktop. Don’t be alarmed, the following tutorial explains how to quickly restore it.