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

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How to move a system partition?

I have ST380(80gb) hard disk that has only 1 partition with Windows Vista and i have ST500(500gb) hard disk which i want to be the system disk. In order to achieve this i created a copy of system ...
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touchpad/trackpoint latitude d830 not working

I have a Dell Latitude D830 notebook. It is working fine, except for the trackpoint/touchpoint. I have found another question here on superuser stackexchange, to achieve the opposite: enabling the ...
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View when cookies or temp files where used last

I was wondering if it is possible to view when a cookie or tmp file was last used by the internet. For example, if the cookie was used yesterday could I see that in properties or log it in a text ...
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How does Windows know whether to accept a COA key?

I have an HP laptop with a Windows Vista Home Premium license. Apparently if I download a vista ISO and install it using this key, it would be accepted. How does the setup know I'm using this key on ...
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Batch command to delete users not on a list

Is there a way to delete users not on a list in a .txt file? Say I have the following on my system John Peter Mike Bob Now only John and Peter are on the authorized users .txt file John Peter ...
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Will Windows Vista COA Keys work as a valid product key for Windows 10?

I have a Windows Vista Home Premium Laptop with a genuine license key. I was wondering if that key would be accepted as a valid key for Windows 10 if I downloaded the ISO from Microsoft and tried to ...
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Install Windows device driver without restart

After plugging in a USB flash drive just now and not having it appear in Computer, I found it's Generic Volume in Device Manager was reporting that Windows cannot load the device driver for this ...
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When moving multiple files in windows, when does it change the reference and when does it actually move the files?

I've noticed this inconsistent behavior: Sometimes when moving multiple files, it would execute immediately, and other times, it would take some time and display a progress bar. How can you know in ...
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AMD/ATI Graphics Driver issue

My computer(a secondhand), a Samsung Sens R410-FA180, came with an ATI Xpress 1200 and Windows Vista. The previous owner gave me the computer because she thought there was a problem. She asked someone ...
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How do I recover a previous version of an Excel file which was overwritten? [duplicate]

Does anyone know of a way to recover a previous version of an MS Excel (2007) file in Windows Vista Home Premium version, which I've accidentally wrote over?
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Changing active partition in Windows [closed]

So I have 2 partitions on my HDD. C: which has Windows Vista, and K: which has Windows 7. The original OS was Vista which contains bootmgr, etc. I want to know how to change the active partition to ...
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Internet Explorer does not show up in Start Search

I have Vista. There was no Internet Explorer (that already looked strange to me). Anyway, I installed IE8 (I cannot use IE9 since I do not have Vista SP2). Now I have IE as a pinned program for ...
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My Windows Update will not open.

I get an error message: Windows cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer. I have gone through this process 10 times but get the same ...
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how can I stack 2 images one on another in asp.net gridview?

I have a gridview in which I have to show employees' photos and other details , I need to have a column in which I will display their photo (rectangular) and on top of that a rounded white image (png ...
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I can't start my computer into windows vista

a few days ago, my HP A1709N had to be restored back to HP defaults. When I tried to install SP1 on it, the system said the update failed, then, upon reboot, I got a Blue Screen of death, and can't ...
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DVD/CD writer not working

I have a strange problem where my DVD writer is listed in my device manager & my computer but doesn't read any type of DVD/CD. Microsoft advises to delete upperfilters & lowerfilters in HKLM ...
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How to prevent Internet acees if SwitchVPN is not running

I've got a VPN Client (Switch VPN) that automatically starts on Windows login, but requires administratives elevations. As I am the owner of the computer (I share my PC with 2 other persons), I would ...
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Can't install drivers on Windows Vista

I'm running Windows Vista SP2 and I recently got a problem that is quite urgent. I cannot install drivers on my system. When I run (for example) driver executable, an error pops up saying "Driver ...
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how to delete temporary asp.net files at once

I am trying to delete temporary asp.net files from C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Temporary ASP.NET Files and some folders get deleted but for some folders I have to open each folder ...
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Can't see PuTTY window on Windows Vista any longer

Recently I found that I could launch PuTTY but that no window was displayed. The Task bar has putty as a running application and I can right click on that to get the move and close option. If I ...
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Putty windows not displaying [duplicate]

This problem has occurred starting this morning. I haven't changed any display settings, updated putty, I hadn't even rebooted until trouble shooting. Running Putty release 0.63 Vista Business OS. ...
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Win Vista Sysprep error 50 in recovery command prompt

I am dealing with a desktop with hardware failed due to a mainboard issue. Replacement mainboards also have the same, known problem; so, I installed a new model mainboard and CPU. Of course, Vista ...
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Mixing multiple sources on Windows to different devices

I've been looking out there and think there are a couple of solutions to this problem but I'm not sure exactly the best way to go about it. On a Windows Vista PC I am trying to stream the output from ...
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Missing snipping-tool on Windows Vista to create a screenshot [closed]

How can I quickly capture a screenshot in Windows Vista and save it into a common image format, like png or jpg? Win 7 has an application called "snipping tool", but I don't have that on my Windows ...
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What files are needed for a bootable DOS floppy disk?

I just made a bootable DOS floppy disk in Windows Vista, but the files are taking too much space. I need more space to store a flash utility program and a ROM file. What files can I safely remove and ...
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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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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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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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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 ...