Windows Vista is a graphical operating system by Microsoft, released on January 30, 2007 (worldwide release date).

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padlock with 9 in middle

On a Dell Vista computer keyboard, the padlock with a 9 in the middle has appeared. The google sites I visited all say it's a number lock but I can't get it to release and the keyboard appears frozen. ...
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sfc /scannow reports “Cannot repair member file …”

Aging but important HP Pavillion Vista Home Premium 64 machine. Replaced Hard drive. Cloned. sfc not coming up clean on these files ("Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to ...
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WIndows Vista upgrade to Windows 10 device driver compatibility

I have a Windows Vista computer. How can I check if all my hardware is supported by Windows 10? I don't want to purchase it and then find out there are no drivers for the chipset or whatever.
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Windows wont let me move a file

im trying to move a .exe file out of a .zip on windows Vista it asks me for permission and i click yes. then it asks again another yes click then it says could not find this item this item is no ...
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Formatting boot hard drive for Windows Vista from Windows 7

My 1TB hard drive is failing. I'm guessing that some of the Windows Vista are on bad sectors as the PC is not booting. (Hangs when reading files for Safe Mode). I bought a 2TB hard drive. I want ...
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system recovery windows vista without a product key

I got the "this copy of windows is not genuine" error message and tried to do a pc restore. Now, it is asking for the product key but it became unreadable by rubbing off of the bottom a long timer ...
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recoverying data from folder -$window.bt

My computer could not complete the booting process and I removed the hard disk to see if I could recover my data therefrom. All I see on the hard disk are 2 separate folders "$WINWDOWS.BT" and ...
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How do you boot a computer that hangs on keyboard input?

I have an older Toshiba laptop. I've always known that it would hang on the Windows resume menu, but I never thought about it much until now. My sister tried to turn it on the other day, but decided ...
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Why is my Vista trial period only 15 days?

I've recently been forced to reinstall Windows Vista Home Basic after a startup error prevented me from doing anything else. Unfortunately the sticker under my laptop is so faded that I can't read the ...
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Windows Vista: image thumbnails do not appear or are suppressed

I am having an annoying problem with image thumbnails in Windows Explorer: they are no longer visible! On occasion, when I switch to a new directory, I'll see some thumbnail images appear/flash ...
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Are the passwords for Windows user accounts encrypted using 128-bit AES? [closed]

I am referring to Windows 7/ Windows XP. Once a user account is locked (windows key + L)/ or logged off, is there anyway to get access to the users' files? Or anyway possible to break into the ...
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Mouse takes too long to be discovered

I have a dual PC setup with a device that allows me to use one mouse, keyboard, and monitor (I don't remember what that's called). One PC is running Vista and the other is running Linux. When I switch ...
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Accessing a local SQL server 2014 from within a VM running vista using VS2005 fails

My laptop is running Win 7 (x64) and is part of a domain. I've installed SQL Server 2014 Dev and VS2012 on it as I want to use the laptop for development. Since some of my development has to be done ...
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How can you automate video output/resolution changes in Vista?

I have a laptop with an external monitor and frequently switch between outputting to both the monitor and laptop screen as an extended desktop, and solely outputting to the laptop screen. Every time I ...
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How to fix “authz.dll is corrupt” error?

I've got a Vista x64 box here that throws an error about "authz.dll is corrupt" whenever I start an application. Doesn't seem to hurt the function of the applications, but is very annoying. So far I ...
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How do I tell Windows to use a specific monitor's driver instead of the generic PnP driver?

My BenQ screen looks unsharp and grainy. I downloaded a new driver from BenQ site, but I don't know how to install it. Windows Vista's hardware manager shows "Generic PnP monitor". How to install my ...
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Windows Vista looks like XP post update

The other day the 'Windows Update' service prompted me for several important updates that were available. I sieved the ones that read 'Update for Microsoft Windows' and installed them. Here's a pic of ...
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Standard User Account Win 7 can't access folder on Vista

I have a home network with 4 users. The network consists of a Windows Vista Computer and a Windows 7 laptop. On both computers two of the accounts are standard and two are administrative. One of ...
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How to Retrieve WiFi Password when “Show” is grayed out?

I set my own Wifi password and am admin for my computer. I need to add a user, but the password is not what I thought I set. With several Wifi users I want to see my Wifi password so I don't have to ...
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Wi-Fi connectivity issues after installing Cisco 32-bit VPN client on Windows Vista

I have recently uninstalled a previous version of the Cisco VPN client by using the Windows add/remove utility in Control Panel. After that, I reinstalled the most recent version of the Cisco 32-bit ...
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Computer always restarts itself after plugging in Xbox 360 controller

I purchased a used Xbox 360 wired controller today to use with my PC. I decided to test it out on a NES emulator first. I started my PC up, clicked the program and watched it work fine. I plugged in ...
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How many partitions can windows handle if you include Linux

Am trying to install Ubuntu alongside Windows Vista. So far I have three primary partitions (windows) (Eisa) (Recovery). How many Linux partitions (root, home, swap) can I create on free space without ...
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“Access Denied” when accessing a web site

I am using Windows Vista IE9. I live outside the US, if it matters. Recently, I have problem accessing www.cvs.com. I always get the message, Access Denied You don't have permission to access ...
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Is there any way to use a USB flash memory drive as computer RAM? [duplicate]

Someone told me that he can improve the computer speed by increasing the size of RAM using a USB flash memory drive. I just want to know how that might be possible.
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Virtual PC 2007 USB floppy disk drive support

On my copy of Windows Vista I downloaded Virtual PC 2007. And I was wondering, does Virtual PC 2007 support a USB floppy drive? I don’t have my hands on a OS, but when I insert a disk with my USB FDD ...
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Remote Desktop switches to Chinese on ctrl+space

I have Windows XP on my laptop and use Remote Desktop Connection to work on a computer with Windows Vista. On my laptop I use 3 languages: English, Russian, Chinese. I switch between them by ...
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Where in the registry does Windows store the file types that can be opened by a program? [duplicate]

After installing some programs, they appear in the "Set Your Default Programs" list. Selecting one of these and clicking on "Choose defaults for this Program" brings up a list of all extension and ...
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realtek PCIe GBE network adapter slow on windows vista

I'm getting 69mbps down and 500 mbps up on a 1gbps link using onboard realtek PCIe network adapter and Windows Vista 64-bit. I suspect it's a driver problem, because: snooping the connection with ...
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Trouble installing Visual Studio 2010 on Windows Vista

I'm currently using genuine Windows Vista Home Premium, and tried installing Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, however the installation setup reports a hindrance asking me to install Windows Vista Service ...
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No icon on my computer anywhere in Windows Vista sp2 points to netbeans

After performing a system-restore in Windows Vista SP2, I am in a scenario where NetBeans IDE is installed on my computer, but there is no icon anywhere that points to it. NetBeans does not even show ...
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computer freezes 5 - 10 minutes after boot

I am running Windows Vista, for 3 years I have had no problems, not one. Now - after the second reformat I have ever done on it, it freezes after a seemingly random amount of time after boot. It ...
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Windows cannot format the Drive

I had Windows Vista installed in my laptop about 4 years ago. I had no problems, until last month when the Video driver failed to initialize. I tried a repair, trying to load the driver from the ...
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Double-clicking issue after installing Windows update KB3013455

Let me start off by saying that I do not install anything on this workstation, except Windows updates (which I should probably stop doing as well after I fix this issue). The unrelated problem started ...
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Windows Vista boot time nonstop disk I/O … goes away after long delay

I have a Dell Laptop running Vista. 4Gb RAM, 500Mb HD, CD player. On booting, it takes forever (20-30 minutes) to come to a usable state. (This makes it laughably useless as a portable device). ...
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I installed win vista home, need to switch to win vista pro with no data loss

I installed windows vista home yesturday and just finished installing and configuring a bunch of programs. I went to go activate windows and it said my product key was for windows vista pro, not home. ...
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Installing Windows to a disk before installing in a computer

I'm just wondering if this is possible because it would make life a bit easier if it was. I have a friend that desperately needs to re-install windows after several years of use to restore some ...
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How do I download the files for creating a windows Vista boot disk?

So, I know where to go to get the required files: http:/msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/msshus/vista32/boot.wim ...
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Unable to boot from Windows Vista DVD on Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop

My Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop doesn't boot from Windows Vista Reinstallation DVD provided by Dell itself. This is an old laptop and I plan to resell it. So I boot from an Ubuntu LiveUSB and do a full ...
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Can I contact my computer manufacturer for getting a new copy of my OS?

About a year ago, my windows Vista computer's hard drive failed and I put it in the closet and forgot about it. Now I have someone who would like to use it, but obviously needs a new hard drive and ...
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Outlook 2007 folder disappeared when clicked on…nowhere to be found

While looking at emails in Outlook 2007 I wanted to switch to another folder in Outlook...sequence of events... a) was in INBOX and wanted to open a different folder in Outlook b) clicked on a folder ...
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Arial, Courier New and Times screen fonts suddenly fuzzy/unreadable

UPDATE: thanks to the Rubber Duck effect, I just stumbled upon this note. It is a known problem: if you have Windows XP and either manually or with some "hack" managed to download the Windows Update ...
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How to transfer OS from failing hard disk to new external drive?

I have an old Vista Laptop whose hard disk is failing. For various reasons I must have the same exact system back again. I copied the entire OS on the C drive over to a new external drive and made it ...
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Terrible font rendering in some applications but not others

I'm not sure what's changed, but all Windows updates are done, and all browsers are fully up to date. Chrome 40, Firefox 35, Opera 27. This is what my fonts look like at the moment: I have ...
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Laptop keyboard doesn't work after installing vista driver on windows 7

I just accidentally installed a vista driver for a touchpen tablet on the lenovo computer of my mum which runs windows 7. After rebooting, her keyboard wouldn't work any more. I personally doubt that ...
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Move programs from Vista laptop to Win 8.1 laptop

I have recently been given a new laptop. Win 8.1, I7 processor, SSD hard drive, 1TB external USB drive. I have an old laptop, Vista, AMD Sempron, 65G HDD. I have information and programs on the old ...
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Pressing space bar causes sleep, and other weird things

Wife called. Our home "desktop" system (an HP box floor box maybe 6 years old running Vista) has started behaving strangely. First "Windows Mail" started popping up when she tried to go to Facebook ...
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Can't install ie updates on Vista?

I have a laptop running Vista that I use for work and I always installed updates as they were available until a couple of years ago when I found I couldn't access some equipment I had installed on a ...
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KVM With Black Screen

So I've recently picked up a KVM switch. Installed it, mouse and keyboard work fine. But now I have a black screen. I can unhook and go straight to my video card with no problem, but nothing out of ...
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Asus Windows Vista Home Premium product key expired

I can't start my laptop in normal mode. It says that my product key is already expired and I need to type a new one. I have a product key on the back of my laptop, but it seems to be not valid. If I ...
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How to configure Windows backup to a Samba-server without passwords?

We have a networked entertainment "box", which sits next to TV. It has a large hard-drive inside it and I'd like to use that to back-up our computers. The box runs some sort of embedded Linux with ...