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

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Windows 7 and Vista Activation FAQ: How do language, version, 64-bit or 32-bit, and source affect ability to install and transfer Windows licenses?

We get a lot of questions on Super User about Windows activation and licensing. This question is an attempt to answer the most common questions in one place with a canonical answer. When ...
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What's using up my disk space?

My Vista 64 installation has drive C, a 150 GB hard drive. I also has a 1.5 TB drive D. My C drive has 12.3 GB free. I don't know what's using up all the space. There's almost 83 GB unaccounted ...
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Why is usable RAM less than total RAM?

My girlfriend bought a laptop last week. It's a core 2 duo with 4 GB We installed vista 64bit, and one of the first things we did was right click on "My computer" to see gthe properties. Immediately ...
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Remote connection to a PC over internet [closed]

I have a PC running Windows Vista Home Premium with Norton Internet Security 2009. I like to help my father and sister by connecting their PCs over the internet and taking full control. My father has ...
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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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Recover data from full format on NTFS partition

I have a harddisk with two partitions: one for windows and one for data. I've reinstalled windows on the first partition and formatted the data partition with full format (without /Q option) making ...
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How do I get to the root cause of high Deferred Procedure Calls?

I've got a Dual core processor, and one of the two is constantly at 100%. Looking in ProcessExplorer shows me that it's Deferred Procedure Calls. Reading around the net seems to give me tons of ...
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How do I recover a closed Sticky Note in Windows?

By accident, I closed my sticky notes in Windows. Is there any way to recover them?
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How do I disable “you need to format this disk” message in Windows Vista/7?

I've started using TrueCrypt to encrypt a partition on an external USB hard drive. I've opted for using a raw partition as opposed to a file container. But here's the annoyance. Whenever I connect ...
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How to stop jucheck from running? Java won't remember “Check for Updates Automatically” setting

I've installed Java on Windows Vista, and every day I get a Vista security warning asking me if I want to run "jucheck". Apparently this is the Java automatic updater. Well, I don't want it to run ...
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SFTP as a folder on Vista

Is there a program available for Vista, that allows me to set up a folder as an SFTP connection to a remote server? The use case is to have a folder on my desktop, where I can drag/drop/edit files ...
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How do I manage multiple audio playback devices on Windows Vista/7?

I've got speakers (audio in) and headphones (USB headset with it's own soundcard) connected to my desktop computer. Under Windows 7, I can right-click the Audio Mixer and select Playback Devices and ...
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Any compelling reasons for upgrading Vista to Windows 7 [closed]

I have been using Windows Vista since it first came out and had no problems so far. Are there any compelling reason to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7? It seems like windows 7 is slightly faster ...
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Windows Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit upgrade?

I have an old Vista box sitting around, and I'm thinking of upgrading it to Windows 7 64-bit, as it has 4gb of RAM. Well, I know that there's an "in-place" upgrade from Vista, but does it work from ...
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Can I install windows 7 x64 in a VPC where the host is vista x86?

Before I waste my time trying is this possible? If not, i'll just install win 7 x86 on the VPC.
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Password reset programs only find passwords from one OS on a dual-boot system

I have an Acer laptop with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. I need to reset the passwords on Windows Vista, but the password reset programs I have tried only find the Windows 7 passwords and not the ...
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Where are the Vista/Win7 Volume Mixer settings stored?

Vista/Win7 appear to persist the sound level settings per application. I'd like to have a look at that list. The reason? According to a Microsoft blog, the settings are stored against the PID of the ...
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How to monitor a folder and trigger a command-line action when a file is created or edited?

I need to set up some sort of a script on my Vista machine, so that whenever a file is added to a particular folder, it automatically triggers a background process that operates on the file. (The ...
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How to stop ReadyBoost from rebuilding cache after every restart on SD cards and flash drives?

On my computers (running windows 7 and vista and using SD cards and flash drives) ReadyBoost rebuilds cache after every reboot. Because of this and 5400RPM HDD, it takes several minutes for computer ...
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Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista

Is there any way to configure application that requires administrator privilages (elevation) so it's automatically started with elevated privileges and does not request elevation on every startup? ...
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Returning from Dual-boot to just Windows

I installed Ubuntu sometime back along side Vista, but later found that I rarely (if ever) use Ubuntu. How easy is it to return my computer to its initial state of having only one OS, and freeing up ...
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Is it possible to use a storage disk (such as a USB drive) as RAM?

My motherboard (HP Pavilion s3000y) only supports 2GB of RAM max. Which means that I can only allocate 1GB for running VMs, and applications that use a lot of RAM are slow (such as games and Visual ...
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CPU usage shoots to ~50% and stays there until suspended

This is the Windows Vista problem, seen, I think, mostly on dual processor laptops, where % CPU suddenly shoots to about 45% and stays there. Once this has happened, % CPU will never return to normal ...
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What program do you use to edit file associations in Vista and Windows 7?

We all know that Vista and Windows 7 doesn't let you specify custom extensions or customize them to your liking. What program do you use to edit file associations in Vista and Windows 7? EDIT: ...
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How can I enable AHCI mode after Windows Vista install in IDE mode and before/for Windows 7 clean install? [duplicate]

I just purchased a 2TB Fantom USB2/eSATA external hard drive. Unfortunately it revealed my oversight when my first custom system was built last Summer. I installed Vista Home Premium 64bit in IDE ...
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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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Vista pc hidden from XP?

I have a Vista-based media center, and two XP-based desktop computers, all on a simple home WLAN network (DSL/WLAN router). The Vista computer can see all other computers and transfer/modify files ...
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How do I add new applications to the “Set Default Programs” list in Windows Vista/7?

In the Set your default programs window, you have the ability to allow an application to open all the file types it knows how to handle by default. I have installed several programs, but almost none ...
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wget/cURL alternative native to Windows?

Is there a wget or cURL type command line utility native to Windows Vista? How does it work?
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How to replace Windows Explorer breadcrumbs with classic full path textbox?

I want to permanently replace the Windows Explorer folder-buttons breadcrumbs address bar with the classic full file path textbox address bar. I know you can double click on the address bar to ...
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Can Windows tell me what is using my USB drive?

Being the good citizen I am, I left-click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in my taskbar, and select my USB drive to dismount. Then I get the message: Windows can't stop your Generic volume ...
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Installing Windows Vista without system restore CD with OEM key (ie: from underside of my laptop)

I have a family friend who needs to reformat her laptop (virus infected). She has misplaced her system restore disk. The laptop is running Vista, and has a valid Vista product key on a sticked on the ...
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Transparent Command Prompt in Vista?

Is it possible to have a slightly transparent command prompt window in Vista or Windows 7? Are they any 3rd party alternatives?
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How do I fix broken .exe file association in Windows Vista?

Somehow the file association for all .exe files has been deleted on my windows vista machine. For some reason the only thing I can open is Firefox. I think it was the result of a virus. So I have ...
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How do I get Windows Vista or Windows 7 to re-attach a USB device without having to plug it in again?

After I use the 'Safely Remove Hardware' notification area widget, how do I get Windows Vista or Windows 7 to re-attach a USB device (i.e. a USB drive) without having to unplug and plug it in again?
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Disable power LED blinks during Vista hybrid sleep?

Does anyone know how to disable the blinking power LED when Vista enters hybrid sleep mode? My case has a very bright blue LED that is rather distracting. I'd rather not disable hybrid sleep, as it ...
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How can I make it as difficult as possible to connect to the Internet from my “work computer”?

I can't work. I need to work. But I'm here and on dozens of other sites. I read Paul Graham's essay about "Disconnecting Distractions" and this is actually something I tried before - using my other ...
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How do you record a Skype conversation on Windows?

Is there an app or plugin for Skype to record a conversation? Or can you use an audio application like Sonar or Sony Vegas Studio to do this?
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“Ghost” UI elements

Occasionally, I get part of an application lingering behind on my desktop: This is part of a context menu for an application. It is always top-most, meaning that it is always on the screen, and I ...
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How to make torrent downloads faster?

In windows Vista Home Premium x64 using uTorrent, how can I make the download(s) faster? EDIT: What are recommended settings for QoS?
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How to suppress “low memory” warnings in Vista Home Premium when running without paging file?

A few weeks ago I disabled all paging files on my Media Center. I figured that it only ever runs AVG, Media Center, Logmein, Chrome and sundry services to support these and never gets above 1.4-1.5GB ...
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USB drive not showing full size

I have a 4GB usb drive. Just now i have formatted it with fat filesystem. But after formatting its only showing 200MB instead of 4GB. I am using windows VISTA operating system. I am frightened. Can ...
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where in the registry does Windows store, with which program to open certain file types?

After installing Adobe PDF reader: *.PDF will be opened by the same. *.html with web browser. *.txt with notepad. If we want to make notepad++ a default editor of text files. I guess it simply changes ...
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How best to manually uninstall a program in windows 7/vista

I have a program whose uninstall program is giving me grief, it has an error partway through uninstall, stops and rolls back. I would like to uninstall this product manually so what is the best way ...
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In Vista Explorer, how can I search the contents of all files in a directory for a word?

I have a PHP website in a directory on Vista. Many files in that directory have the word "output" in them. In Windows Explorer, I type "output" into the search box. It finds two files but does not ...
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How can I disable Windows Vista / 7 Explorer's “auto sort” after file copying?

One of the things that really annoys me in Windows Vista / Windows 7 is the new "auto sort" feature. In Windows XP, whenever you copy a bunch of files to a folder, they are all placed at the end of ...
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How can I find out which application is stealing focus in Vista?

This question is little different from preventing an application from stealing focus, rather how can I find out what the heck is stealing focus? It goes like this. I'll be typing something in ...
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How to make a cyclorama

I can create a collection of pictures giving a 360-degree view from a certain spot, just taking a bunch of photographs from the same spot but in a different direction. However, what software could I ...
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Free Software for Partition Manager [closed]

Free Software for the Partition Manager on Windows XP/vista?
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How do I swap audio output of the left and right speakers?

I have two speakers stereo speakers but when I use the sound control panel applet to test my audio configuration I get sound in the right speaker when the user interface indicates the right speaker ...