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

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Encrypted Disk + chkdsk = Cannot boot into Windows

Here is the scenario my friend and I have: Installed Norton Utilities and performed "optimize" (mistake 1) Upon reboot, chkdsk runs and starts spitting out "replacing invalid security id with ...
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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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Remote Desktop Dropouts: “Because of an error in data encryption, this session will end.”

I'm getting some strange connection problems when trying to remote desktop to a Vista box. It connects and works for a while then disconnects with the following message: "Because of an error in ...
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How can I restore my laptop from Windows 7 to its original Windows Vista recovery partition?

I bought my Acer laptop 4 years ago with Vista Home Premium x86. It has a recovery partition that I have used successfully in the past to format everything and reinstall Windows to factory settings. ...
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How do you set memory priority (not cpu priority) on windows

I need to know how to change "memory priority" of a process. I need a utility that changes the memory priority of the process. Certain ram intensive programs can still make my important programs ...
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Why can't we turn off firewall And file sharing?

I was under the impression that turning off file sharing "makes it more secure". Especially when I like to have my firewall switched off, turning off file sharing becomes more important to me. But ...
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HP A1709N two bad LBAs [closed]

I am using my sister's old HP A1709N. I tried to turn it on yesterday, but for some strange reason, when I tried to start it up, it doesn't show me the vista logo after boot. When I tried running a ...
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Internet wireless connected with limited access, Windows Vista

I had some malware in my computer so I did a bit of manual work to remove it including resetting TCP/IP. Now the malware is gone. I can see my home wireless network and I can get connected to it, ...
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HP Pavillion DV6500 recovery disk failure

I recently attempted to re-install Windows Vista on an HP Pavillion DV6500 using the factory recovery DVD's, but encountered a strange problem. When the recovery disk attempted to reformat the hard ...
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Bad Vista to 7 upgrade - how to recover? [closed]

I have tried to upgrade from Vista Ultimate (x64) to 7 Ultimate (x64). I chose the "upgrade" option, and went as far as "Transferring files, setting and programs" - the system restarted, the screen ...
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Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation

Im trying to install Vista business. At the screen where you select what drive/partition you would like to install vista to, I keep getting "Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its ...
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Windows remote shutdown: access denied

I have 3 "client" computers, on which the mentioned user is administrator: CPU1: Win Vista 32-bit -- User: Domain\User1 -- IP: 192.168.42.1 CPU2: Win 7 64-bit -- User: localhost\User2 -- IP: ...
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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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Why VMWare Player 3.1.1 missing the vmnetcfg.exe utility and where to get it?

vmnetcfg.exe is required when you want to configure multiple network interfaces (e.g. one local and one wireless) in the same machine. But where is it?
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Autofill Product Key Windows Vista / 7

I am using sysprep to make a generic version of Windows and put it on a bunch of computers I am redoing for a customer. I plan to later develop more extensive images and go through the entire WAIK to ...
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I want to know whether Windows 7 can be installed on DELL INspiron 1525 currently pre-installed with Windows Vista 32 bit

HDD: 250 GB ,. RAM 3 GB Chip is : Core 2 Duo T7250 DELL INspiron 1525 currently pre-installed with Windows Vista 32 bit I face difficulties in internet browsing with Vista Windows that 's why I need ...
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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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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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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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Non-System disk or disk error, replace and strike any key when ready

I've on my HP 6830S laptop installed again Windows Vista but on other partition (D:). So here were 2 windows instalation (one on C (old) and one on D(new)). I've tried to format C disk with old ...
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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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“uninstal” option missing from “Programs and Features” window? - windows vista

I'm using windows vista, trying to clean out the laptop (not really mine) and so I'm trying to uninstall all the crap. But when i go to the programs and features window, the uninstall option is ...
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Single Monitor act exactly like dual monitor?

Does anyone know if there is a way to make a single monitor act like a dual monitor with 2 totally seperated areas that are detected at the window's level. Eg. 2560x1600 monitor to show up as 2 ...
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How do you add a visual effect to a mouse click from within windows?

I just want a little utility that monitors mouse clicks so that when one occurs a visual bubble effect (or something similar) occurs, similar to something you might see in a screencast.
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“Windows cannot find” file when opening Excel spreadsheet

For all of my Excel spreadsheets when I attempt to open them (by double-clicking in explorer) I get the message "Windows cannot find C:...". The files are there, and are valid zip files as seen by ...
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How can I add a program to the context menu of all files?

Similar to the way Notepad++ adds "Edit with Notepad++" to the context menu of all files, or how most Antivirus products will add a global "Scan this file" option, I would like to add a particular ...
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What causes “host process for windows services stopped working and was closed”?

When computer (32-bit Windows Vista 32-bit 6.0 Home Premium SP 2) randomly has a "Host Process for Windows Services stopped working and was closed" error: This popup message simply occur out of ...
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Stopping an unstoppable service

I have antivirus service (Kaspersky) that occasionally becomes unresponsive to the normal stop/stop gui interface provided by said vendor. I would like to find a way to kill the service for a restart ...
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What's a command-line way to move a directory's content to another directory in Vista?

I usually love Vista but I've found its file moving facilities are just bad. I have these two directories C:\dir1\ C:\dir2\ They both contain a number of subdirectories, which themselves contain ...
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How can I get the UAC/elevation prompt to remember my local username?

I want to be able to run as a non-admin domain account for normal work and be prompted for elevation when needed. This is fine when not in a domain as the elevation prompt remembers my user name and I ...
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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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Windows: How can I redirect sound coming in from the mic to the speakers output

Scenario - I want to use my mic plug as a "line-in" input that will get mixed with the other audio being output to the speakers. How can this be done on Windows 7 / Vista?
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MFC program hangs after update KB3059317 on Vista, broken Comctl32.dll?

I have an MFC-based program which worked fine just before applying update 3059317: MS15-060: Vulnerability in Microsoft common controls could allow remote code execution: June 9, 2015) The ...
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Windows Vista shows error “A specified privilege does not exist” when running any administrative tool/process

I'm troubleshooting a PC running Windows Vista Ultimate Version 6.0. When I run programs such as regedit, msconfig, or do things like try to disable Microsoft Security Essentials's Real-time ...
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How to uninstall Windows Mail?

How do I uninstall "Windows Mail" (not Windows Live Mail). When I want to use IMAP (or POP), I normally use Windows Live Mail. I have no need for Windows Mail. (Windows Mail, in its old incarnation, ...
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Manually Deleting Windows 7/Vista Backup files

If I manually delete many gigs of older files from my users Windows 7 and Vista backups, how will it impact the backup and restore catalogs. I fear that the catalogs may become corrupted or otherwise ...
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Is it possible to copy a set of files, but automatically skip if file already exists?

I know that the copy command has an option to automatically replace a file if it already exists, but I want to know if it is a way to copy the files only if they not already exist (/Y). I do not know ...
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How can I get VirtualBox to play nicely with dual monitors?

I use VirtualBox to run a Ubuntu x64 guest under a Vista x64 host with a 19" and 15" monitor. I enable seamless mode in VirtualBox, but the windows don't actually move anywhere other than the ...
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Associate a File Type with a Specific Program

How do you associate a specific file type to an application on a Windows (Vista) PC?
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Identifying program attempting to install certificate on windows

I'm trying to help a friend using Windows (which I'm not an expert on by any means) who's experiencing malware-like behavior: a dialog box is repeatedly popping up reading: You are about to ...
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Record a song (audio)

I am wondering whether I can record a song on my own PC. Specs: Windows Vista 32-bit 3 Gb RAM 500 Gb hard drive I really want to record a song (including vocals, & some ...
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How can I invert all the display colors in Windows Vista?

How can I invert all the screen display colors in Windows Vista? The majority of my screen is white and I would prefer it the other way round. The closest I could get is using High Contrast ...
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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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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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Laptop battery indicator saying “plugged in, not charging” [duplicate]

My Toshiba Satellite with Windows Vista is a couple years old. The battery lately is completely shot. Even after charging for a long time, it barely lasts five minutes when you unplug it. I'm ...
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How to disable on screen keyboard on logon?

Yesterday I installed an old Wacom USB tablet just for fun, to see if it worked with Vista, and it did, since I've found a working driver. The only thing annoying me is that now my laptop has been ...
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Bsod problems, iastor.sys

Whenever I try to boot my desktop I get the following after about 3 minutes logged in Driver_irql_not_less_or_equal Stop: 0x000000d1 ( 0x0000000000000003, 0x0000000000000002, 0x0000000000000001, ...
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Remote Desktop Connection (Mac) does not share drive/folder to the Vista target

I have a Mac OS X 10.5/Intel system, runnging RDC 2.0.1 (latest as far as I know). When I connect to the remote Windows Vista system, I can control the remote desktop, and everything behaves as ...
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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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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 ...